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Discover more about this specialised type of metaphor.

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on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of Personification

it's a metaphor A way of
putting a
picture or
an idea in
else's head ('putting a picture in
someone's head' is
also a metaphor) Don't panic!
I'm not really
on fire! here are some more metaphors... sloth = lazy or slow
NOT 'cute and fluffy' old goat pig sloth snake beast loanshark cow bullish weasel mouse louse rat bird whale personification is a type of metaphor
where animals or objects
are given human qualities table legs armchair head of the table foot of the bed sunlight danced on the water night crept over the earth the wind whistled through the trees body parts actions emotions the storm raged, furiously the trees clustered fearfully together soft, inviting sands Personification is very similar to Anthropomorphism In this, animals are given human qualities, usually in children's cartoons or stories oh, and those people who think their pets are people Think Beatrix Potter, Walt Disney, Aesop (Aesop's Fables, the hare and the tortoise, etc) and the child having a screaming fit because someone
pulled the arm off their teddy bear. 'The world is grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch' (Richard III) 'the smallest worm will turn,
being trodden on' (Henry III) this gives us the phrase the worm has turned Shakespeare
had a go at using
personification... and you might have heard of the Grim Reaper, but have
no idea of what reaping is reaping = cutting down or harvesting wheat
(not with scissors), but with a scythe... The Grim Reaper does not
harvest wheat, he harvests
people. The Grim Reaper =
the personification of
Death. Reaping = harvesting Other abstract ideas are
personified in a similar way Time waits for no man
Fortune favours the bold
A worshipper of Beauty remember me? and these other examples of
personification? well, there's more... Both of Shakespeare's metaphors:
wrens taking the place of eagles
and the lowly worm that turns
and fights, describe something
turned upside down.
if you want to learn
more about the MAGICAL world of metaphors, see like this! Metaphor II What is
personification? type of Some ideas are difficult
to get hold of, so we
turn them into a person.
e.g. the personification
of Death, or Time. Hello!
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