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In "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day", what is an example of personification?

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    1 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    2 Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    3 Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    4 And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
    5 Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    6 And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
    7 And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    8 By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
    9 But thy eternal summer shall not fade
    10 Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    11 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
    12 When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    13 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    14 So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

    I've numbered the lines since it's easiest to talk and write about poetry by line numbers.

    I see personification in lines 5, 6, and 11. There may be others. Check it out and let us know what you find.

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