How do you like if “the full moon peeped through partial clouds” or “the shadow of the moon danced on the lake”? Sounds weird, right? That’s because human attributes are given to inanimate objects which make them humanlike. Writers rely on personification so that the nature and actions of inanimate things are understood much better as we tend to see the world from a human perspective. It adds colour to your writing and gives it a deeper meaning. Imagine if we just describe the things around us in a straightforward manner, it will just be a pile of words devoid of spirit and imagination. That would be so boring to read!
Here are some figurative ways to describe certain situations by using personification:
The ocean sang a mesmerizing song.
The windows trembled with fear.
New York is the city that never sleeps.
The long road to his home was a twisting snake, with no visible end.
The flowers were blooming, and the bees kissed them every now and then.
As fall turned to winter, the trees found themselves wearing white.
In all of these examples, you can see how much more life it brings to one’s description.