Examples of Personification in Poetry
Poem: "The Cat and the Fiddle" by Mother Goose - Let's start with an easy one to give you an example of poetry analysis.
Personification: The dish ran away with the spoon.
Analyisis: Mother Goose includes a dish running away with a spoon to emphasize the otherworldliness and silliness of the setting of her poem. Keep in mind the audience. Little children find cows jumping over the moon, dogs laughing, and dishes running believable and enjoyable.
Poem: "Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room" by Nancy Willard
Personification: "Ah, William, we're weary of weather," / said the sunflowers, shining with dew. / "Our traveling habits have tired us. / Can you give us a room with a view?"
Analysis: Sunflowers can't speak...unless they're part of a poem that has personified them. These two jovial talking sunflowers contribute to the poem's mood. They seem like jolly good sunflowers, don't they? Nancy Willard wrote this poem as part of a children's book titled "A Visit to William Blake's Inn. This is typical of her poetry about simple objects that hint at a larger narrative.