Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Personification Explains

Is there any word as abused as love? Teens toss it to each other in passing. Men and women profess it whether they understand it or not. Poets and playwrights have written of it millions of times without repeating each other; they’ve described aptly the experience of love found and lost and won.

Maya Angelou elected to personify love, giving it the power not just to move us, but move itself. She writes:

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Angelou seems to agree with a fine theme often made by writers, poets, and playwrights, and that is: love conquers all to restore us to a one of our finest states: the state of hope.

Images and animals are often personified. A personified caption for this image is:
Dawn calls us to renew our hopes.
Photo courtesy of Al Griffin Photography

Reading Challenge:

Read for personification, a trope by which writers give non-human objects human traits.

Writing Challenge:

Personify abstractions such as hate and courage.