From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Symbol Analysis

This is another like situation. Personification is one of those descriptions of an object that makes the thing sound or act like a person. It might have emotions or look like a person in some way. When it's not a totally literal example, personification is simply writing about an object in a creative way so that it becomes a temporary character in the narrative.

  • Lines 10 and 18: The musician is making the piano moan…but pianos don't really moan. It can't even really make a noise that can be confused as a moan. However, the sound of the piano makes the speaker feel like the piano is moaning.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...