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Personification and Oxymoron

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Personification and Oxymoron
Power Up
Identify the following phrases as similes or metaphors. Then change them into the opposite (make a simile a metaphor or make a metaphor a simile).
Personification
What:
the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

Why:
makes stories or poems more dramatic
helps create an image in the reader's mind
helps readers relate to the object being described
Oxymoron
What:
a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory words appear together

Why:
to create dramatic effect
to make the reader stop and think, whether to laugh or to ponder
verbally puzzling, yet engaging
can show confusion in feelings
1. Her red hair is like fire.
2. The man was as blind as a bat.
3. He has the heart of a lion.
4. "My rep grows like the nose of Pinocchio" - Akrobatik
5. "I am the walrus." - The Beatles
The Cat & The Fiddle
by Mother Goose

Hey diddle, Diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
A fragile winter butterfly
Flutters from the sky
So soft and yet her heart
Is cold and made of ice
But if I warm it
She will melt and die
"Snowflake" by Elaine George
Find Your Partner!
You need to find the partner whose word contradicts yours, but together your words will create a phrase that makes sense.

Once you find your partner, sit down together until everyone is finished. Be ready to explain why your terms contradict, but how they make sense when put together.
From "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
O anything, from nothing first create,
O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.


"The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendrix
In addition to the title of the song and the last line in each stanza, there are at least 5 examples of personification in the song.
List at least 5 on a separate sheet of paper.
1. How does the wind's voice at the end of each stanza change throughout the song?
2. What is Jimi Hendrix trying to say? How do you think he's feeling?
3. Why would he choose to do this with personification instead of just coming out and saying it?
Quick Refresher: Similes and Metaphors
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