Personification (64 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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A figurative use of language which attributes human qualities to ideas or things. For example the morning and the sun in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald:

Awake, for Morning in the bowl of night
Has flung the stone that sets the stars to flight
And Lo! The warrior of the east has caught
The Sultan's turret in a noose of light!

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Editors. "Personification". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[, accessed 21 January 2018.]

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