Personification in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Personification Examples in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
"rubs its muzzle..." See in text (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
Eliot uses personification here to make the yellow fog into a cat-like figure that rubs up against the window panes and lingers in the shadows. This results in a familiar, comforting image that stands in stark contrast to the reality of the fog, which is that it's likely very polluted.
"the eternal Footman..." See in text (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
The "eternal Footman" is a personification of death. A regular footman is a servant who generally admits and waits on guests--the suggestion being that if death is holding your coat, then you've entered a place where either you're not likely to come out or are on death's doorstep.