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Transcript of Personification Prezi
of personification affect you, the audience? Personification is a literary device that falls into the figurative language group. It is the act of attributing human-like characteristics to an object, place or idea. It is often confused with anthropomorphism, which is giving human-like qualities to an animal. What is it? Personification has been used by many notable writers:
- Sara Teasdale's "There Will Come Soft Rains"
- Emily Dickinson's "The Sky Is Low"
- William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge"
- Joyce Kilmer's "Main Street"
- T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"
- Rudyard Kipling's "Song of the Cities" Historical Use How is it used? The Effect of Personification Aimee and Jiwon Personification - Evokes emotion, connection, attention + increases quality - "Set the scene" in stories
- Add to overall mood
- Follows "show not tell" rule by explaining the world through the narrator
- Give situations a personality
Describing walls as "closed off and scared"
Ceiling chandelier "snobbish and superior" Before: The wind caused
the grass to move After: The grass swayed and danced with the wind. Before: The alarm clock beeped. After: The alarm clock beeped angrily,
insistent and impatient. Before: She wanted to eat the
chocolate cake in the fridge. After: She could hear the
beseeching voice of the cake,
calling her name. Before: She walked through the Dupont Gallery, the quality of the paintings making her nervous. After: The expensive paintings looked
down upon her with contempt,
dismissing her as unfit to
be in their presence. Before: The browning grass required water. After: The brown grass begged for water. Before: The noises of traffic were loud at night. Before: The room became quiet. Before: The room became quiet. After: The traffic noises argued
long into the night. After: Silence crept into the room. Before: I used to be trusting, but am now cynical. After: Trust used to wrap its warm,
comforting arms around me, but it never
goes near me anymore. The Dangers of Overusing Personification - Becomes repetitive
- Message becomes diluted
And most importantly, you must try to avoid/limit: Pathetic Fallacy Pathetic Fallacy: A branch of personification, it is the act of attributing moods/emotions to nature to reflect the narrator's feelings. Although it fits well/is necessary to some forms of poetry, most of the time it is something you should limit. - Lonely clouds hovered
- Cruel winds blasted angrily
- The flowers simpered
- The mountain brooded
- The raincloud began to sob See what I mean? Applying the knowledge 1. What is the difference between personification and anthropomorphism? a) Personification applies to animals, anthropomorphism doesn't.
b) Personification is a sub-group of anthropomorphism.
c) Anthropomorphism applies to animals, personification doesn't.
d) There is no difference. 2. "I sulked, looking out the window. The brooding mountains in the distance gazed back." This an example of: a. Anthropomorphism
b. Pathetic Fallacy
d. Metaphor 3. Personification is NOT used in: a. Poetry
d. Essays Because it provokes emotion, personality and connection, it is often used in poetry, novels and songs. Scientific journals and essays, however, rarely use personification. 5. If you "personify" an animal, is it personification? a. Yes, because personification is the act of giving human characteristics to all non-human things.
b. Yes, because anthropomorphism is a sub-group of personification.
c. No, because that would be anthropomorphism, not personification.
d. No, because that is an example of pathetic fallacy. 6. Is personification only limited to giving objects human characteristics? a. Yes.
b. No, you can also give animals characteristics.
c. No, you can also give ideas characteristics.
d. No, you can also give animals, ideas AND places characteristics. 7. "I am an angry whirlwind." Is this an example of personification? a. Yes, because you give nature-like characteristics to a person.
b. Yes, because it is an example of pathetic fallacy.
c. No, because no object/idea/place is being personified.
d. No, because this is an example of anthropomorphism. 8. Which option below is the strongest example of personification? a. Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire,
b. And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done,
c. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly,
d. And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone. 10. Name a contemporary song that
contains personification. (Name the artist for bonus points.) 9. Personification is NOT used for: a. Setting the scene
b. Adding to the overall mood of the situation
c. Giving situations a personality.
d. Giving animals a personality. Worksheet/Quiz Time Thank you all for
listening and participating (: Winner will receive... Note: 4. Name two famous poets mentioned in this Prezi that used personification. (Name their respective poems for bonus points.) 11. Name two dangers of over-using personification. 12. Because it provokes ___, ____ and ____, it is used for songs, novels and poems. a. Emotion, attachment and fear
b. Opinion, personality and attachment
c. Emotion, personality and connection
d. Opinion, debates and inspiration 13. "This city never sleeps." This
is/n't personification because: a. Isn't because the city is composed of living people. You don't "personify" people.
b. Isn't because sleeping isn't exclusively a human characteristic/action.
c. Is because it is an example of pathetic fallacy.
d. Other (Explain) 14. Is Pinocchio an example of personification? (Justify either answer.) /1 /1 /0.5 /4 /1 /3 /2 /2 /0.5 /4 /2 /2 /3 /4