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Anthropomorphism
Anthropomorphism is the attributing of human form or chacteristics to a being or thing that is not human. Although anthropomorphism and personification share a good deal in common, we'll look at them independently. For our purposes (and some will disagree), personification is primarily a figure of speech (ie, the wind howled; the snowflakes fell lazily) whereas anthropomorphism is not so much a figure of speech as it is the creating of a character with human traits out of something that is non-human.  Here are two examples of anthropomorphism from poems found in Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones).

Poems from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones)
Examples of Anthropomorphism
Horseflies
The fly smiles and speaks
The Armadillo
The armadillo speaks















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