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.

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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:


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.

In real life, these non-human objects could never have these human abilities, but they can in a personification poem. These objects can do anything your imagination can come up with, even become human.

Now let’s look at another example:


In the first line of this poem, the teapot sings. We all know that a teapot can’t sing in real life, but it can in a personification poem! Can you find the other instances of personification in the poem?

Write Your Own

Now that you know how to spot personification in a poem, it’s your turn to write a personification poem! Pick an object around you and then give it the qualities of someone you know, like your best friend or a parent. Use the examples in this lesson to remember how to give human qualities to non-human objects and animals in your own poetry.

Lesson Summary

Personification is when you make some non-human thing seem like a human by giving it human characteristics, like when a cat can play a violin or a teapot can sing a song. So, a personification poem is a poem that gives human qualities to one or more non-human objects.