Why has time been personified in A Psalm of Life?

QuestionsWhy has time been personified in A Psalm of Life?
Seema asked 7 years ago

In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ time is personified in the line ‘Time is fleeting’. What’s the possible reason?

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Staff answered 7 years ago

It is very common in literature to personify natural objects or eternal forces. Here ‘Time’ is personified or attributed human quality by stating that it is ‘fleeting’ or passing rapidly. This personification is to give the impression that time is very strong and merciless. It waits for none. Stating that, the poet wants to create a sense of urgency in our mind. So, he means to say that we should act and act quickly before it’s too late. Our sole aim should be to make the most out of this life, as it can be very inspiring for others.

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