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On the Pulse of Morning On the Pulse of Morning is a poem written by Maya Angelou In this poem Angelou depicts personification Personification is an element of literature in which an object or an animal is given human characteristics Angelou uses personification to give the rock the river and the tree the ability to speak to the reader In On the Pulse of Morning Angelou writes But today the rock cries out to us clearly forcefully Come you may stand upon my back and face your distant destiny but seek no haven in my shadow In this personification is given to the rock implying that it can cry out It gives the illusion that the rock is talking to the person and telling them that it is there for the person to use as ground to stand on but not as a shield The rock says that he is there to help fight but not to hide the person from their destiny Angelou also writes Yet today I call you to my riverside if you will study war no more Come clad in peace and I will sing the songs With this she personifies the river The river is saying that it will sing a song peaceful song to help the person forget about war racism etc It is saying that it wants to be there to keep them calm and help them through all the hard times that they will be faced with and that if they just listen to it they will be guided to peace Page 2 of 2 They hear They all hear the speaking of the tree Today the first and last of every tree speaks to humankind Come to me here beside the river Plant yourself beside me here beside the river is another form of personification used by Angelou The tree is also talking to the
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