Difference Between Personification and Anthropomorphism

Legends of Windemere

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Might not be more for me to do beyond showing that image, which shows the key differences.  I’ll just go into a bit more detail.

Abstract vs Real

Personification is used for abstract traits and even giving human traits to concepts with no physical form.  For example, giving something like love a human trait would be personification because you’re not turning it into a physical object.  Once you do that, it becomes closer to anthropomorphism or just a human embodiment of the emotion, which is always a visible and clear change.  With personification, you need to think beyond what you see to make the connection if you were actually there.  A lightning bolt dancing through the sky in personification is merely traveling as usual.  With anthropomorphism, the lightning bolt would be doing a recognizable dance like a cha-cha or the Hammer Dance.  There wouldn’t be a question…

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