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Hi,

What is the standard of reasonability for a case of personification? Certainly a normal person should be in agreement as to its application level for it to be accepted by the normal readers, doesn't it?

A person has a mirror in his room that is centrally located. Can I say this?

This mirror has seen him throw dirty socks on top of the dressers many times this year.

One can say that why is this possible since a mirror, as he know it, doesn't have an eye or two to see. If this is acceptable, then what is the parameter of acceptance for cases like this? Can a desk walk and dance?
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It all depends on the skill of the writer. You could certainly use your mirror personification. Desks can walk and dance and bungee jump in the right contexts.
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What is the standard of reasonability for a case of personification? Certainly a normal person should be in agreement as to its application level for it to be accepted by the normal readers, doesn't it shouldn't he?
The standard is for the most part being human! Nevertheless, there are probably cases that are culture dependent. There just may be, for example, cases of personification that would seem strange to an American, but which were perfectly understandable to, say, an Indonesian or an African.

CJ
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