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Poetry is a rich source of figurative language. Though there are examples of figurative language to be found in all genres of literature, perhaps none more than in poetry. Good poets pack worlds of meaning into tiny little lines. These lines evoke emotions, thoughts, and at times social change. One of the ways that poets perform these linguistic miracles is with the use of figurative language. This page contains a selection of poems that I find to be rich with figurative language .

Each poem also includes a sampling of comprehension, inference, review, and discussion questions, so that they are ready for classroom use. Learn more about how I study figurative language in the classroom with my figurative language lesson and unit plans .

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Expose your students to a variety of poems and to the language, rhythm, and expression of emotion that make up a poem. Include poetry to assist involvement in daily skill practice such as memory skills, recalling information, comparing and contrasting, counting skills, thesaurus and dictionary use, sequencing, and vocabulary development. The following collection of activity sheets contains short-answer questions about famous poems. After your students have read each poem, they must find the answers to questions about specific characters and events, using words and phrases from the poem itself. The poetry works covered include "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, and "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt. Answer keys have been provided for each worksheet for instructors.

Make poetry a part of everyday activities to nurture the appreciation of poetry. Review each poetry form with the students prior to having them write and remember to allow time for students to share their poems. Fun Fact: "The Epic of Gilgamesh," written about 2150 BC, is generally considered to be the oldest surviving piece of written poetry in the world. Scroll down to see some the most famous works that we are all familiar with.

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At the beginning of the poem, who did the crowd want to bat? How did Casey respond to the cheering of the crowd when he came to bat?

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Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

The father told the son to beware of what three things? Describe how the jabberwocky approached the boy.

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The Spider and the Fly By Mary Howitt

In the second stanza, what did the spider do to try and get the fly inside? In your own words, explain why the fly said she wouldn’t rest on the spider's bed.

Reading Poetry

What is the poem about? This poem was written over two hundred years ago. Do you think it has any relevance for us today? Why or why not?

The Cinquain

A cinquain is a poem that is five lines long; the syllables in each line follow this syllable pattern: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.

Identifying Poetic Devices

As you read the assignment. Can you find any of the poetic devices below? Record at least three poetic devices that you find.

The Moods of Poetry

What is happening in the poem? Describe the mood or the tone of the poem.

Writing Free Verse

Free verse is a kind of poetry that has no rules at all. It does not have rhyme or regular meter. Free verse typically relies on imagery, alliteration, etc. to convey meaning.

Alliteration Worksheet

Alliteration is the intentional repetition of consonant sounds in nearby words. Often the repeated sound is at the beginning of each word. Alliteration is a literary device that is often used in poetry.

Understanding Poetry

One of the things that makes poems different from prose is that poets are much less likely to come right out and say what’s on their mind - they don't "hit your over the head" with their message!

Write an Autobiographical Poem

An autobiographical poem is a poem you write about yourself. The autobiographical poem is often written in free verse, which means that An autobiographical poem follows a template that you fill in with details about yourself.

Use letters to chart the rhyme scheme of the poem. Write each letter on a line.

This eight-line poem called "The Letter," was written by Dr. Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926), and is carved into the stone edifice of the U.S. Postal Museum in Washington D.C. Read the poem, then answer the questions.

Write a Haiku

Haiku is Japanese form of poetry usually reflecting on nature and feelings. There are three lines in a Haiku. The first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third has five syllables.

Does the poem have a rhyme scheme? What is it? Summarize the poem. What message did you take away from it?

Velvets - Hilda Conkling

This is a copy of the extended poem to be used with the next worksheet.

Analysis of Velvets

Does the poem use a set meter? What is it? Does # of lines per stanza vary? If so, how?

Consonance in Poetry Worksheet

Consonance is the repetition of similar consonant sounds close together within a word, phrase or sentence. To be noticeable, the words with the repeated consonant sounds have to be close together. While alliteration is the repetition of the first letter of each word, consonance can appear anywhere within a word, and often appears at the end.

Express Yourself with Poetry

Choose a type of poem that you want to write. What will be the topic of your poem?

How to Write a Poem

"I loved my friend. He went away from me. There's nothing more to say. The poem ends, Soft as it began - I loved my friend."

All it took for Langston Hughes was six lines. Six lines to stir up the most potent emotions inside of you. And that is what poetry is.

A poem is a condensed piece of writing that aims to impact a reader emotionally. The structure is in a lyrical form where every line is called a verse. The breaks, rhythm, and meter used help to bring out the musical tone of the language. And this tone is what creates such a huge impact.

But how can one write a moving piece of poetry? Let us read further to find out!

Elements of Poetry

Rhythm, form, and literary devices. These three things are crucial to writing a great poem!

Rhythm includes a couple of things in itself. It talks about the lyrical quality of the poem and how it feels when read out aloud. The wording of the poem should mimic the general aura that it holds. The words should have beats according to the feelings that the poet wants to convey. While it is not necessary that these words rhyme, there should be a certain musical quality to them. And the same goes for the meter of the poem. This means applying stress to certain parts of certain words. All for igniting feelings and emotions.

The form of the poem refers to what structure it has. It also focuses on what type the poem is. A slam poem, a ghazal, or a simple sonnet? Where the verse would break. And from where would the new verse begin. All under the element of form.

Literary devices bring life to any written piece of text. And it does so for poetry as well. Alliteration, personification, imagery, and much more help to build up a poem. That too through music.

Choose a topic

You will have to start by devising a topic. This will help you stick to one thing without any diversions.

Write down all the ideas that you get. Create a mindmap and see what you need to add and when you need to add it.

Consider all the elements that go into creating a poem and decide which ones you need. This will help you create an outline of what your finished product should look like.

Poems are short but impactful. That is because a lot is said in a few lines. That too through drama. See where your dramatic effects would go best. Plan the setting and go accordingly.

Edit Away at The End!

Once you are done with your first draft, feel free to edit it all you want to create that perfect poem! One that everyone remembers forever.

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There are considered to be be over 20 standard forms of poetry. We focus on those that are used at the primary, elementary, and middle school level. Poetry is a form of literature that is fits or follows a rhythm. Poems are an art form that can move us to feel emotions we weren't expecting. Students often start their introduction to poetry through simply reading it. After so time, they hunker down and realize that poetry is not only fun to read, but it is fun to write and create. They can also be fun and make the world a more interesting place. We have a very large cadre of poetry worksheets available below. If you scroll down, you will be able to find literally hundreds of worksheets that help students better understand this art form.

Alliteration - This helps the reader or audience focus on a particular portion of the work. This can create a form of calm or credence in the reader.

Advanced Similes and Metaphors - These worksheets help students get to the next level of working with relationships.

Assonance - This technique can create and internal rhyme to poems and increase the reader experience many times through.

Connecting Text to Visual or Oral Presentations - Using just text can be bountiful but adding visuals can speak volumes for anyone trying to draw a picture that matters in their mind.

Determining Themes of Stories, Dramas, or Poems - We look at how you can take steps to interpret what has been presented to you in a wide variety of forms.

Explaining Similes and Metaphor - Students learn how to understand and use these forms of figurative language.

Feeling and Emotion Words in Stories or Poems - This form of vocabulary can really portray a humanistic feel in your work.

Figurative, Connotative, and Technical Word Meanings - We look at off-literary meanings of terms and how authors use this technique to heighten their work.

Figures of Speech - When we want to bring attention to something in a rhetorical manner, we use these.

Free Verse Poems - Learn how to compose these non-traditional poems.

Genres - We explore the five literary genres and subcategories therein.

Grade 3 Poetry - Students are presented with the three common forms of poems for 3rd grade.

Grade 4 Poetry - The goal at this level is to be very descriptive and help your reader paint a picture in their mind.

Grade 5 Poetry - We start getting into all the major elements of poem development in 5th grade.

Haiku - Students explore this traditional form of poems from Japan.

Interpreting Figurative Language - You will start to understand why an author chose an exact set of words.

Inversion - This is when the words in a sentence just do not seem right, but they get the job done.

Literal and Nonliteral Meanings of Word and Phrases - Is the word used as the dictionary intended it to be used?

Making Rhyming Words - We show you several different techniques to help you master this.

Metaphors - The use of this figure of speech can help provide the reader with clarity on the nature of a relationship between two things.

Ode - We look at this style which often lends itself to honoring a person, event, or concept. Nature is often the subject of these types of poems.

Onomatopoeia - When we use language that imitates the sounds that it describes.

Patterns of Chapters, Scenes, or Stanzas of Text - We learn how poems are organized in text form.

Personification - When project human characteristics onto something that is not human.

Poetic Analysis - We show you how to breakdown the work of other poets and your own.

Poetic Devices - These are tools that poets use to maintain rhythm and set a mood.

Poetry Writing - Time to put all that you have learned to work.

Similes - When you want to bring something to life for your audience.

Structural Elements of Poems and Dramas - If you understand how to read music, it often requires the same skill set as poems and dramas.

Symbolism - We use symbols to signify perceptions and qualities in our language.

Reading Prose and Poetry - We work on comprehension skills here.

Text Structure - This has a great deal of influence over how a work is received.

Understanding Literature - How do you come across a takeaway from a piece of work?

Words and Phrases in Context - How to find the meaning of terms that are unfamiliar to you.

Writing with An Active or Passive Voice - This all centers around who is taking action in a sentence and who is not.

What Are the Key Features of Poem?

That are many different attributes that are common to poems and give them a sense of composition. The most common of this being rhyming. When we think of the topic, it is the first thing to come to mind. Not all poems have to necessarily rhyme, in fact nonrhythmic forms allow poets to express themselves in a completely unique way. There are of a dozen different types of rhyming schemes that you will commonly find in different works. Meter is an attribute specific to poems that dictates the length of it and where the line that will be accentuated in the work. A stanza is another attribute of poems that are two or more lines. They are arranged units terribly similar to paragraph in standard writing.

The Fundamental Forms of Poetry

Poetry focuses on the feeling and emotions of the reader. Poems use a very distinctive tone and mood that leave the reader enjoying the reading experience. Words seem to just bounce off of the page, when it comes to a well written poem. Poets can make use think deeper about a subject or idea that we never even pondered. The style of expression engages an audience and helps them look deeper into the work and content that is presented. There are many different techniques that poets can use to express their art. We take a look at all the different forms of poetry and where they are applicable for use.

An acrostic poem starts with a foundational word or phrase. The poet then write a short sentence that starts with each letter of the word or phrase. This is a very popular activity for upper elementary students.

This is a five-line poem form coined by American poet Adelaide Crapsey. The poem form draws its format from a mixture of traditional Japanese poems. This form of poetry follows an underlying structure that is at the poet's discretion. They often are fixed with a certain number of syllables or words.

This form of poems breaks all the rules because it is entirely in the hands of the poet to decide upon. The goal of this, completely, free poem is conveying a message to readers.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that has been around since ancient times. A Haiku consists of just three lines and seventeen syllables in all. This type of poetry is usually focused on nature.

This form of poetry was made famous by an Italian writer. Sonnets are composed of fourteen lines and were widely forgotten until William Shakespeare began mastering the technique.

These are humorous poems that are made up of five lines. Limericks rhyme with the same verbal rhythm throughout. Each line has a number of syllables requirements based on its position within the framework.

A narrative poem is designed to tell a story. There is often a plot set around characters and often include a narration sequence. The length and depth of story really differs from poem to poem within this format.

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