In the arts, personification means representing a non-human living thing, inanimate object, or idea as human, or attributing to it human traits and qualities, such as a physical body, emotions, desires, sensations, physical gestures and speech. Personification is much used in visual arts.
Examples in writing are "the leaves swayed in the wind", "the ocean heaved a sigh" or "the Sun smiled at us". In easy language personification is just giving an example of a living being for a non living thing. "The wind shouted." Obviously the wind cannot shout, only people can. This is what is called Personification.
A few more examples of personification in sentences:-
- The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
- She did not realize that the opportunity was knocking at her door.
- The thunder grumbled like an old man.
- At precisely 6:30 am my alarm clock sprang to life.
- The fire ran wild and swallowed the forest, as the flames licked the green leaves
- The tornado ran through town without a care.
- My life came screeching to a halt.
- Time creeps up on you.
- The hare laughed at the tortoise.
- The news took me by surprise.
- The tsunami raced towards the coastline.
- The sky smiled, as the angry clouds raced across it.
- The birds saluted the aeroplane.
Another commonly used personification is found in storybooks where animals are commonly attributed names or labels for recognition. This is called anthropomorphism. In common pop culture, organisms may also be used as embodiments or incarnations of a concept, for example, the snake in the bible represented temptation, or Loki represents sin the in the movie, Thor.
Another word for comparing a person with an object is Objectification.