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Personification Poems: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Is Personification?
  • 1:13 Personification Poems
  • 2:33 Write Your Own
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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Have you ever wanted to make non-human things come to life? Well you can using personification poems. You will learn to use your imagination and make animals and objects come to life in this lesson.

What Is Personification?

Have you ever wanted to make a dog talk or a basketball walk? You can do this with personification. As you might have guessed from the word, personification is when you make some non-human thing seem like a human by giving it human characteristics, like the ability to talk or feel emotions.

For example, have you ever heard someone say, ''That last piece of cake is calling my name?'' This is an example of personification. Clearly a piece of cake cannot talk, but when using personification, objects like that piece of cake do things humans can, such as talking.

Now, let's take a look at some more examples of personification:


Examples of personification
Personification examples


An easy way to tell if you're using personification is to picture the scene in your mind. Then, ask yourself, ''Is the action something that a human is able to do?'' If so, it's personification!

Personification Poems

A personification poem is a poem that takes a non-human object and gives it human qualities.

Have you ever read the poem ''Hey Diddle Diddle''? Let's take a look:


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This poem is a personification poem. The animals take on human abilities:

  • The cat can play the fiddle (a violin).
  • The dog can laugh.
  • The dish and spoon can run away.

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