personification-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a person who exemplifies a characteristic or state

Commentary: PERSONIFICATION[+entity][+person][+exemplifier][+of_characteristic]

Sally is the personification of optimism.
Tom's grandfather was the very personification of British pluck and diplomacy.
Note: refers to a person whose role is to serve as an example of some trait or situation

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a human form that represents an abstraction

Commentary: PERSONIFICATION[+entity][+form][+symbolic][+human][+representative][-visual_abstraction]
NOTE: refers to a human form (not a real person) that represents a non-visual abstraction

The design of the franc shows Marianne, who is the personification of the French Republic.
This figure of a strong young woman is the personification of Liberty.
The figures in the foreground of the painting are the personifications of the seven deadly sins.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: the act of assigning human traits to an abstraction

Commentary: PERSONIFICATION[+activity][+creation][+concretizing][+humanizing][-visual_abstraction]
NOTE: refers to an agent's creation of a humanized manifestation of a non-visual abstraction.
NOTE: Senses 1 and 2 do not imply the role of an agent, as does Sense 3

What does the poet intend with his personification of the dawn?
The writer's personification of the young drifter as Death was too obvious a ploy for the critics.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3