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Anthropomorphism and Personification

1 Feb

          Anthropomorphism and personification have exceptionally similar dictionary definitions, and are used in the same purposes in poems such as Hawk Roosting, or Man and Beast. Personification is when an inanimate object, animal, or natural phenomena is given human qualities or abilities. Anthropomorphism is when human motivation, characterization, or behavior is attributed to a God, animal, inanimate objects, or natural phenomena. Both anthropomorphism and personification give some kind of ability to the same group of things, but anthropomorphism focuses on human nature rather than human appearance. In the poem Man and Beast and Hawk Roosting instead of personification anthropomorphism is used, because rather than appearance the motivations and the behavior of animals are humanized.