V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #12: Personification

I confess, I frequently personify objects, apologizing to walls that I bump into, asking my iPhone where it got to, and apologizing to the milk I left on the counter, as if they have the capability of feeling bumped, slighted or abandoned.

Personification is the practice of imbuing inanimate objects with humane characteristics.  It is a device often used by writers to illustrate meaning.   Consider these lines from William Wordsworth’s poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Or my favourite advertisement, employing this technique:
This week, I challenge you to consider the emotions, thoughts, or human characteristics of the inanimate.
The possibilities are limitless.
Photographers:  can you capture mood?  movement?  faces even?
Look forward to your responses.
To participate:
1.  Publish a post on your blog.
2.  Tag it with VJWC
3.  Create a link back to this post or drop the address of your post in the comments below.
4.  Come back and read other postings and start a dialogue.
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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

17 thoughts on “V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #12: Personification

  1. Interesting challenge! I remember grade school and the challenge to describe an object without naming it. I think I wrote about a tombstone. Yes, I may have been a somewhat morbid child. I also liked the ad…

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  2. Surprising character the ad chose to represent the wind. Interesting. Not at all what I imagined the wind to look like. In my last piece, I personified Fate and Destiny. Now I’ll have to scratch my imagination for an interesting character to work with. Hmm… 🙂

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