In Andrew Marvell’s poem ‘The Fair Singer’ he writes that love did compose:

To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree,
Joining themselves in fatal harmony;
That while she with her eyes my heart does bind,
She with her voice might captivate my mind.

I am unsure what the term is for giving human traits to an abstract thing such as love, fear, and such. Is it personification or something else?

  • @NigelJ: Fear not: the rhyme scheme in this poem is ABABCC, which means that Marvell is not attempting what you suggest. – ruakh Oct 30 '17 at 4:12
  • What has the rhyme scheme to do with it? Yes, I would say he is personifying Love, probably with an implied identification with the Roman god Cupid. – Kate Bunting Oct 30 '17 at 9:41

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