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Personification in Spring

Personification Examples in Spring:

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"idiot, babbling and strewing ..."   (Text of the Poem)

Millay returns to the personification of April in the final lines of this poem. But unlike other poems in which spring is positively personified as bringing abundance and life, Millay personifies it as an “idiot.” “Babbling” suggests a childlike state that lacks intelligent thought or speech, and “strewing” connotes a lack of care. Millay’s April is an indifferent, unintelligent, and oblivious season. In this way Millay challenges the idea that Spring gives life and abundance. In her imagination it is unworthy of the metaphorical meaning ascribed to it.

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