Lillian here. Delighted to be tending bar. So, let’s talk about anthropomorphism today: the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to nonhumans. Hmmm…how does that differ from personification? Literary Devices.net explains “…there is a slight difference between these two. Personification is an act of giving human characteristics to animals or objects to create imagery, while anthropomorphism aims to make an animal or object behave and appear like they are human beings.” (Underlining is mine)
So for today’s Poetics, let’s try our hand at using anthropomorphism in a poem. Have fun with it as I did a few prompts ago in A Sharp Little Ditty, or be more serious. Write a poem for children or something more adult, more serious. Take on the voice of an animal character or write in the third person. Say….. how about that electric fan that is just dying for attention, waving its arms around and around, making high pitch pssssts trying to tell us they’re exhausted from blowing around all the hot air we humans are expending in our political rantings? Silly I know. But you get the point.
So give a cat a fiddle . . . . and anthropomophize me!
wisdom my nature
only this moment exists
fox me a wry smile