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Personification
Personification is a figure of speech giving human qualities to animals or objects. 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 falling 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 a few examples of personification 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 Personification
A Cowboy's Lullaby
The wolf on the hill as he cries to the moon,...
...the snap of the campfire...
The whispering wind...
...the babbling stream as it runs...
Her Darling Valentine
...swept a shadow...















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