Poetry Personification

6th Grade, Research and Inquiry Activities

1. Connect to this link: http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html.

2. Click on the letter P. Scroll down until you find Personification. Read the definition and then click on Metaphor. After you have read the definition and seen some examples of metaphors, write your own:

3. Return to the personification page. Click on "The Cloud" to see an example of personification in poetry.

4. Pick what you think are the strongest two lines in the poem. How does the poet use personification in these lines? How does he use it to make the images clearer in your mind?

5. Get together with a small group of your classmates. Break up into two halves. One half of the group should come up with nouns that are names of objects, and the other half should think of verbs which describe actions that only people do. Write each word on a separate sheet of colored paper. Get back together and see what combinations you can make.

6. Pick one of the noun-verb combinations: Now you've got the beginning of your own personification poem. Write a 10-line poem about the object you’ve chosen; use personification to make the images clear and exciting.

For additional information on personification and poetry, go to http://www.shadowpoetry.com/index.html