How to make your own personification poem

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How to make your own personification poem
Examples of personification exist in many classic poems. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A personification poem is a poem that personifies -- or gives human characteristics to -- an object. For example, "The fog crawled over the ground." Fog doesn't crawl, but in this sentence it has been personified. Personified poems may or may not follow a rhyme scheme and may consist of as many or as few stanzas as you want, so brainstorm a little and then put your personification poem together any way you like.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Rhyming dictionary (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose your topic. It should be something nonhuman, so you can give it human characteristics. Common themes are animals, nature and the weather.

  2. 2

    Decide what your topic will be doing. Make a short list of all the actions your chosen topic will be doing. Note things like running, speaking and touching. Remember, you don't have to use all your ideas.

  3. 3

    Decide if your topic will be conscious. This means your topic will have emotion and may have inner monologue. Take more notes about the personification of your topic.

  4. 4

    Map out your poem's structure. Will your poem rhyme? Will you use a certain number of syllables in each line? An easily read rhyme scheme is A-B-A-B or A-A-B-B. The means lines "A" rhyme with each other and lines "B" rhyme with the each other.

  5. 5

    Use your brainstorming results to begin writing your poem. Begin with a line introducing your topic. Example: The fog crawled over the ground.

  6. 6

    Treat your poem like a story or a presentation. Either you will be telling a short story about your topic or you will be presenting information about your topic. Continue until your poem reaches the desired number of lines or stanzas.

  7. 7

    Personification Poem Example in A-A-B-B Rhyme Scheme

    The fog crawled over the ground

    Looking for where I could be found.

    It scraped at my door

    And slithered upon the floor.

    Hoping to hide without a trace

    I hid by the fireplace.

    There was no other place I could go.

    Oh, I hoped my feet wouldn't show.

    The creeping fog came in

    And, scared, I confessed all my sins.

    Then something so odd

    Happened to the fire rod.

    A hand softly stoked the fire

    And I saw the face of my sire.

    Relief surged through me

    As I realised my idiocy.

    No fog was hunting for me

    Only my father coming in from the sea!

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