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 cloudThat 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.
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