What are examples of song lyrics with personification?


"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is the title and part of the lyrics of a popular song by The Beatles that features personification. Weeping is generally a human action, so the lyrics are personifying the guitar. "See the love there that's sleeping" is another line from the song that features personification.

According to Merriam-Webster, personification is "the practice of representing a thing or idea as a person." Another popular song that uses personification is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. In the lyrics, he describes that he woke up and "smiled with the rising sun." This implies that the sun is smiling along with the singer. The song also describes three little birds that seem to be singing "Don't worry about a thing" along with the rest of the chorus to the subject of the song.

A more modern example of personification is featured in the rock song "Good Riddance" by Green Day. "Time grabs you by the wrist" and "dead skin on trial" are two examples of personification in the song. Nicki Minaj also makes use of personification in many of her songs. "Super Bass" features the lyrics, "Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin' away." This literary device is used in all forms of written art to dramatize and make intimate objects more relatable.

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