Seamless Personification in a poem by Dan Chiasson

Chiasson takes a persona poem and takes personification to a new level. He makes the character fully formed, with qualities with which the reader relates. Instead of a poem that stretches the imagination to see the world from an elephant’s point of view, this poem goes a step further. He makes the elephant a participant in the world. His ability for expression is not limited to the poet’s imagination, he in fact has a poetic imagination of his own.