Before you tell me to do my own homework, WHICH I AM. I was wondering if anyone could help me. I've figured out all the literary devices except for one, personification and no matter how hard i looked i still can't find it. It's on the speech Mercutio said about Queen Mab, i have it right here. If anyone could help my that would be awesome! 10 points for the best answer :]
I need to find PERSONIFICATION.
Thanks a lot!
"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Over men’s noses as they lie asleep;
Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners’ legs,
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
The traces of the smallest spider’s web,
The collars of the moonshine’s watery beams,
Her whip of cricket’s bone; the lash of film;
Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Prick’d from the lazy finger of a maid:
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut
Made by the joiner squirrel or an old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love;
O’er courtiers’ knees, that dream on court’sies straight,
O’er lawyers’ fingers, who straight dream on fees,
O’er ladies ‘ lips, who straight on kisses dream,
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are:
Sometime she gallops o’er a courtier’s nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig’s tail
Tickling a parson’s nose as a’ lies asleep,
Then dreams, he of another benefice:
Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier’s neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two
And sleeps again. This is that very Mab
That plaits the manes of horses in the night,
And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes:
This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage:
This is she—"
To start, personification means that objects have human traits. For example, "The moon winked as night fell." Obviously, the moon is an object that cannot truly wink, which is the use of personification. Can you see any instances of this? This passage is a little tricky, not only because of the Shakespearean language, but because it's based on Queen Mab.
I am currently a graduate student in English and plan on pursing a PhD in Shakespearean studies. My advice is to keep a dictionary next to you and look up any words that are performing actions. This will help you figure out which objects are performing and/or taking on human actions/traits. I hope this helps. If the language proves to be too tricky (which it is), you may try the No Fear Shakespeare series created by SparkNotes: the left page is the play in Shakespearean language; the right page is the play in modern English.
"She is the fairies’ midwife" "This is the hag" and that's all I got. Been a while since I did Romeo and Juliet.
I seriously can't find anything. This is annoying.. :(
Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners’ legs (the reference to legs)
oh hey your right, im sorry about that. then idk...=[.