Poe used personification in this story to give an object in the story an uncanny aspect. Personification is the process of imbuing inanimate things, concepts, or creatures with human characteristics. Poe used personification to help the reader relate to the tale by endowing non-living entities with human characteristics. The heart itself is described as "a pulsating thing", which imitates a living creature.
Other examples of personification in this story include: the eye's view of the mind (looking into a mirror), the hand writing stories (as if by magic).
Poe also uses other literary devices such as foreshadowing, paradox, and understatement to enhance the storytelling experience. Foreshadowing is the technique of indicating what is to come through hints in the present. In this story, it occurs when the narrator describes the murderer as "a man [who] came to see me" even though he knows that this visitor is actually going to be the detective. Paradox is when statements or actions have opposite meanings. For example, when the detective says that there is no evidence that the murderer is insane, he is also saying that he is sane because murderers do not usually go about confirming their guilt. Understatement is the use of words that convey more information than necessary. For example, when the detective says that the murder weapon was found in the house, he is also saying that it was not found at the scene of the crime.
In this narrative, personification may be seen in the sentence, "Death, in approaching him, had crept with his black shadow before him, and encompassed the victim."
This scene could not have been expressed any other way for the purpose of horror. To say that Death approached the victim would have been inaccurate since he was already inside his head. Further, it was necessary for Poe to describe how Death appeared in order to induce fear in his readers. By making Death appear as a dark shadow, an ominous presence, Poe was able to create anxiety in his audience.
Personification can also be seen in this stanza from "The Raven": "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" This simple line expresses an entire feeling. It is as if the poet is talking directly to his audience saying, "Don't forget what I said about never wanting to see you again." Even though this poem was written after the death of Poe's first wife, it seems to still be living up to its name - never having recovered from her passing.
Here, the artist has described how Mrs. Whitman looked but also told us something about her feelings at hearing Heriot's proposal.
Personification is the process of imbuing inanimate objects with human characteristics. Throughout the poem, he personifies nature by imbuing it with human characteristics and gives it a voice via emotions, beauty, and thoughts. These natural objects are called "the daughters of Earth" or "dames of spring." They include trees, rivers, mountains, and stars.
This figurative language is known as personification. It is when an inanimate object is given a personality. In this case, the Great Tomb of Man represents nature. Therefore, the daughters of Earth are the trees, rivers, and so on that grow around the Great Tomb of Man.
Personification is used by ancient poets to give a voice to their ideas. Here, Li Bai uses it to show his respect for nature. He does not try to change, harm, or destroy it but instead expresses his gratitude for its gifts by writing about them.
Nature has given us many things without our asking for them. For example, trees provide us with oxygen, water supplies our cities, and flowers make the world more beautiful. We should be grateful for these gifts and not waste them. Only then will we be able to live in harmony with each other and nature itself.