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Personification in The Moon

Personification Examples in The Moon:

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"a different birth..."   (Text of the Poem)

The phrase “different birth” expresses the differences between the moon and stars while maintaining the poem’s personification. The moon and stars come from separate sources but they are all nonetheless “birth[ed],” a broadly humanizing touch typical of Shelley’s work.

"constancy..."   (Text of the Poem)

The noun “constancy” means the state or quality of being steadfast and unmoving. The speaker notices the revolving moon and characterizes the moon’s movement, presumably its orbit around the Earth, as a sign of fickleness: it does not stay in one place because it does not deem anything “worth” standing still. Since “worth” carries connotations of having high standards, this final line shows that the moon believes nothing is good enough for it. Ironically, these high standards cause it to be forever alone.

"Art thou..."   (Text of the Poem)

The pronoun “thou” is an archaic form of address for “you.” It generally signified a close relationship between the speaker and the addressee. “Art” is an archaic form of the word “are.” In this way, the speaker directly addresses the moon asking it “are you” pale from weariness.” This address further personifies the moon.

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