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Literature Glossary

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Personification

Definition:

Personification is figurative language that gives human traits (qualities, feelings, action, or characteristics) to animals, non-living objects, or ideas (like things, colors, qualities, even abstract ideals).

An example? Gee, off the top of our heads…

The blue screen of death stared back at Shmoop with a mocking gaze.

Knock on wood that never happens.