Write a Poem Using Personification

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this series of videos, we are exploring the vivacious world of poetry. In this particular video, we are going to focus on how to write a poem using personification. Personification is an essential part of poetry and creative writing. The word is defined as the process of personifying non-human elements with human characteristics or personality. When used well, it can add considerable color and richness to images and scenes, creating a vivid entity for the reader to imagine. Here is an example of personification being used in poetry:

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    Two Sunflowers Move in the Yellow Room - by William Blake "Ah, William, we're weary of the weather", Said the sunflowers, shining with dew.
    Our traveling habits have tired us. Can you give us a room with a view?" In that short poem, the sunflowers are personified with the human feeling of weariness. They are asking the author to provide them with a room to rest. Here are some more examples of personification:
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    Example 1:
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    The wind wailed and screamed as it ripped across the moor, Scratching its claw against cottage Windows Tearing slats from barns Shrieking banshee curses down chimneys Into the petrified ears of cowering families.
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    Example 2:
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    The dog eyed the cat suspiciously Looked it over for contraband, Then beckoned it to follow him down the hall.
    Example 3:
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    My computer is so stubborn Often plain belligerent It delights in frustrating me Disobeying my commands, Pretending to be asleep.
    I don't think my computer is inherently troublesome
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    Maybe it just doesn't feel suitably stimulated by my banalities, I try to placate it With pleasantries and compliments Yet it only seems content When hibernating.
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    Personification enables us to emphasize elements, by adding human emotions and that are familiar with us.
    This gives personality to elements. It gives them character and depth by creating ideas of choice, desire, intention, anger, love, tenderness etc. It also allows us to connect the natural world with emotions and actions of human characters. For example, if a character is suffering, then we can personify the weather with similar characteristics to emphasize and greater convey this theme and situation. Now it's your turn. Try and write your own poems using personification, and then share them with us in the section below. In this section, you can also leave any questions or queries. You'll also find links to the other videos in this poetry series. You've been watching a video on how to use personification in poetry. We look forward to seeing the results of your own experimentations with this form. You've been watching VisiHow. Goodbye!
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