Identifying Figurative Language #1

Directions: Read the lines of poetry. Slashes represent line breaks. Figure out which technique is
being used: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification. In the boxes, explain how you figured out your answer. It is possible that more than one technique is being used. If you can, explain each.

1. Like burnt-out torches by a sick man's bed Which technique is being used? Simile _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure?
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

Comparing something to burnt-out torches using ―like‖

2. There‘s a faucet in the basement / that had dripped one drop all year since he fixed it, we can‘t find it / without wearing scuba gear. Which technique is being used? Hyperbole _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? Exaggerating the amount that the sink leaked.
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

3. When the stars threw down their spears, / And water'd heaven with their tears, Which technique is being used? Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? Giving the stars the human traits of throwing and crying.
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

4. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,

Which technique is being used? Metaphor _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? Comparing the moon to a ghost ship without using ―like‖ or ―as.‖ Comparing the road to a ribbon of moonlight without using ―like‖ or ―as.‖
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

5. The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, Which technique is being used? Hyperbole or Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? It is hyperbole because Cooney and Barrows did not literally die, they were just tagged out. It is personification, because the score can‘t actually stand; that is a human trait.
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

6. The sun was shining on the sea, / Shining with all his might: Which technique is being used? Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? This is personification because the sun is given the human trait of doing something with all of ―his might.‖
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

7. The leaves are little yellow fish / swimming in the river. Which technique is being used? Metaphor _____________________________________________________________________ _____________
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, or Hyperbole

How do you figure? The leaves are compared to fish without using ―like‖ or ―as.‖
(write a sentence explaining your answer)

8. The old clock down in the parlor / Like a sleepless mourner grieves,

metaphor. or Hyperbole How do you figure? The waters cannot be sad. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Fame is being compared to a bee without using ―like‖ or ―as. If you can. Fame is a bee. Metaphor. Slashes represent line breaks. The poet uses ―like‖ or ―as‖ to make the comparision. 1. This is a human trait./ It has a sting -Which technique is being used? Metaphor _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. / It has a song -. Personification. My soul has grown deep like rivers. In the boxes. or Hyperbole .Which technique is being used? Simile ____________________________________________________________________ ______________ Simile. hyperbole. Figure out which technique is being used: simile. Personification. Metaphor.‖ (write a sentence explaining your answer) Identifying Figurative Language #2 Directions: Read the lines of poetry. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 10. sad and chilly Which technique is being used? Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. explain how you figured out your answer. explain each. By the lakes that thus outspread / Their lone waters. lone and dead / Their sad waters. Personification. Which technique is being used? Simile ____________________________________________________________________ ______________ Simile. It is possible that more than one technique is being used. 9. Metaphor. or Hyperbole The clock is compared to a sleepless mourner. Metaphor. Personification. or personification.

” (write a sentence explaining your answer) 2. Personification. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Dreams are given the human ability of destruction. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 5. Oh. It is dreams that have destroyed us. He walked as softly as a cat / And told me many lies. Personification. therefore. Metaphor. never. Which technique is being used? Personification ____________________________________________________________________ ______________ Simile. or Hyperbole . Bear in mind / That death is a drum Which technique is being used? Metaphor _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. / Shall I feel such a terrible pain. Which technique is being used? Hyperbole ____________________________________________________________________ ______________ Simile. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Comparing death to a drum without using the word “like” or “as.How do you figure? Comparing her soul and rivers using the word “like” or “as. Personification. Which technique is being used? Simile _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. the speaker is exaggerating for effect. Metaphor. Metaphor. if I live to a million. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 4. Metaphor. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Nobody can live to a million.” (write a sentence explaining your answer) 3. Personification.

Personification.” (write a sentence explaining your answer) 6. Any number of torches could be counted. Which technique is being used? Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. Personification. the human ability to dance. The Balloons hang on wires / they float their faces on the face of the sky. or Hyperbole How do you figure? The speaker is exaggerating the number of torches. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 7. or Hyperbole How do you figure? The speaker gives his heart. or Hyperbole . Metaphor. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 9. Which technique is being used? Personification _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. a human characteristic. With processions long and winding / With the countless torches lit Which technique is being used? Hyperbole ____________________________________________________________________ ______________ Simile. or Hyperbole How do you figure? The speaker gives the balloons and the sky faces. Personification.How do you figure? Comparing the way he walks to that of a cat while using the word “like” or “as. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 8. My brain is fire--my heart is lead! / Her soul is flint. Metaphor. / And dances with the daffodils. Personification. And then my heart with pleasure fills. Metaphor. Metaphor. and what am I? Which technique is being used? Metaphor _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. and the daffodils.

Personification. But words is like the spots on dice: no matter how you fumbles ‗em. Simile. The line is saying that someone made the sink worse while trying to fix it. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Words are compared to the spots on dice using the word “like” or “as. explain in your own words what is meant by the lines. Example . we can‘t find it / without wearing scuba gear. or personification. What technique is being used? Simile Idiom. Comparing her laugh to gold mines. his heart is compared to lead. Try your best to interpret the meaning. Slashes represent line breaks. Figure out which technique is being used: idiom. In the boxes. metaphor. there‘s times when they just won‘t come.How do you figure? His brain is compared to fire. (write a sentence explaining your answer) 10. 2. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. the speaker is not using the word “like” or “as” to make the comparisons.There‘s a faucet in the basement / that had dripped one drop all year since he fixed it. Personification. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Metaphor. her soul is compared to flint. hyperbole. It is possible more than one technique is being used. Personification. What technique is being used? _______Hyperbole___________________________________________ Idiom. Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines / Diggin' in my own back yard. Which technique is being used? Simile _____________________________________________________________________ _____________ Simile. Metaphor. Metaphor. 1. Simile. .” (write a sentence explaining your answer) Identifying Figurative Language Directions: Read the lines of poetry. simile.

3. Personification. Personification. 4. Simile. / I thought. 5. Cause I walk like I've got oil wells / Pumping in my living room. Endless wealth. The daisy hugging the earth / in August. Simile. Common expression and implicit comparison to a dog without using “like” or “as. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Personification. Simile. Personification. Don‘t worry about the Alex / She‘s all bark and no bite. Idiom. Metaphor. Personification. or Hyperbole . 7. Daisy does human action of hugging. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. A thousand Paradises / in an apple blossom. Simile. / held out its arms to me. Comparing her to a gift / It could be interpreted that the dream is speaking. Metaphor. Metaphor. also implicit metaphor Idiom. Simile.” 6. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. What technique is being used? Idiom. Personification. What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. Exaggeration and comparison of something in the apple blossom to paradises. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Wealth does not have arms. Simile. 8. Metaphor. Metaphor. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave / I am the dream and the hope of the slave. What technique is being used? Simile Idiom. ha! What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Hyperbole / Could possibly be interpreted as an implicit metaphor. What technique is being used? Metaphor / Personification Idiom.

Metaphor. Branches perform human action of singing 12. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Personification. What technique is being used? Metaphor Idiom.Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Simile. What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Floors are flowers – take a few / Ferns grow here and daisies too. A common expression where the literal meaning is senseless. Personification. What technique is being used? Idiom Idiom. or an exaggeration of the intensity of one’s study.” 11. Personification. Personification. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Simile. Metaphor. 10. Metaphor. Simile. After getting my report card / I knew it was time to hit the books. An old willow with hollow branches / slowly swayed his few high tendrils / and sang: What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. 9. Simile. Comparing her walk to that of a wealthy person. Simile. Comparing the floors to flowers without using “like” or “as. / Feedin‘ the jukebox his dimes. 13. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. or Hyperbole . I should have done homework or studied instead / But I got up on the wrong side of the bed. There‘s a guy in a tux and he stands in the corner. Metaphor. Metaphor. Common expression that cannot be sensibly understood if taken literally. What technique is being used? Idiom / Hyperbole Idiom. Personification.

What technique is being used? Metaphor Idiom. Simile. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. 14.Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. The intensity of the terror brought by his stare is exaggerated. The young men’s sharpness is compared to that of mustard and the speaker uses the word “as” to make the comparison. Personification. . Simile. Simile. 18. What technique is being used? Simile Idiom. Simile. The speaker does not use “like” or “as” to make the comparison. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Metaphor. / a garden which expands. Love is compared to an expanding garden. Personification. What technique is being used? Hyperbole Idiom. Personification. Simpson’s strength is exaggerated. 17. I am Super Samson Simpson / I‘m superlatively strong / I like to carry elephants / I do it all day long. Simile. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. 15. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Wino men. old men. As men walked up and down the street. Jukebox receives human ability of eating (being fed). a flower / a weakest flower / shall be our trust What technique is being used? Metaphor Idiom. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Metaphor. Metaphor. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Hyperbole Idiom. / Young men sharp as mustard. Metaphor. I pushed him from my arms / his stare brought with a terror through / a million billion trillion stars. Personification. Personification. / or so I thought it. A weak flower is compared to their trust without using the word “like” or “as” 16. Love is something else.

One day they hold you in the / Palms of their hands. 21. Simile. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Idiom / Metaphor Idiom. also blessing is given human characteristics. gentle. Simile. Personification. Love is a young green willow / shimmering at the bare wood's edge. Common expression. or Hyperbole . or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning.19. Personification. Personification. What technique is being used? Simile Idiom. Metaphor. Metaphor. Personification. Personification. What technique is being used? Personification Idiom. Common expression. Simile. What technique is being used? Metaphor Idiom. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. It is the mind / the mind / that must be cured / short of death's intervention. 20. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. What technique is being used? Idiom / Personification Idiom. Personification. Death is personified. I guess that my friends were just pulling my leg. Simile. as if you / Were the last raw egg in the world. Metaphor. 23. a blessing in disguise. 24. Simile. also an implicit metaphor where fooling someone is related to physically pulling on someone’s leg. Compares the way that “you” are treated to how one would treat the last egg in the world. 22. If no one came to try it / the world / would be the loser. Simile. Compares love to a green willow.

or comparing the world to a garden without using the word “like” or “as. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Simile. I‘m not going / to let anybody see you. / I say. The whole world / became my garden! What technique is being used? Hyperbole / Metaphor Idiom. Personification. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. explain how you know your answer." said the fat boy with a touch of pride. Personification. Simile. What technique is being used? Metaphor Idiom. Answers: Simile. Exaggerating the speakers possession of the world. What technique is being used? Idiom Idiom. There‘s a blue bird in my heart that / wants to get out / but I‘m too tough for him. Personification. What technique is being used? _________________Personification_____________________________ Simile. Metaphor. 25. Simile. 27. stay in there. Metaphor.Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Comparing the emotion the speaker feels to a blue bird.” 26. Metaphor. Then. and Hyperbole Example: ―I was the only boy in our school what had asthma. or Hyperbole Figure out what is meant: Write a sentence explaining the meaning. Identifying Figurative Language in Lord of the Flies Directions: Write which technique is being used on the line. I wanted her to show up / I crossed my fingers. Common expression with little literal meaning. Personification. Metaphor. Personification. The world is given human characteristics. Metaphor. or Hyperbole .

or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 4. Personification. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 3. Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake. Metaphor. holding his nose. The incredible pool was only invaded by the sea at high tide. Metaphor. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. The palms that still stood made a green roof. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 2. Metaphor. Personification. . What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. but people can. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 5. immersed his mouth and blew a jet of water into the air. Ralph paddled backwards. and a golden light danced and shattered just over his face. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. He turned over. so this is personification.Explain how you know: Pride can‘t touch. Metaphor. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Personification. 1. Personification.

or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 6. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: . Metaphor. Personification. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Metaphor. Metaphor. Personification. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 8. Personification. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 7. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 9." What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. "We've got to make smoke up there--or die. Personification. This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. His ordinary voice sounded like a whisper after the harsh note of the conch.What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper. Personification. Metaphor.

Metaphor. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 12. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 11. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 13. Personification. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Personification. The smoke was a tight little knot on the horizon and was uncoiling slowly. Personification. the tears leapt from his eyes.‖ What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Personification. it would be all hunting all of the time. His face puckered. Metaphor. Metaphor. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. ―If Jack were leader.10. or Hyperbole . The rock was as large as a small motor car.

. Personification. decided not to return. There was another island. Metaphor. Every point of the mountain held up trees--flowers and trees. Personification. Personification. almost detached. Metaphor.Explain how you know: 14. Personification. poised on one toe. standing like a fort. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 15. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 16. Metaphor. moved through the air. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 18. This choir perched like black birds on the criss-cross trunks and examined Ralph with interest. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 17. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. fell. Piggy stood and the rose of embarrassment faded slowly from his cheeks. The great rock loitered. a rock.

What technique is being used? Hyperbole Simile. shot from out the crevice. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer The ray of light is compared to spider thread using "like. Metaphor. Personification. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Simile Simile. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer It is an exaggeration to claim that he heard all things. Metaphor. explain how you know your answer. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Identifying Figurative Language from Edgar Allan Poe Directions: Write which technique is being used on the line." . Metaphor. Personification. 2. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: 19. Personification. As the echoes died away so did the laughter. Personification. A single dim ray. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. Then. Metaphor. like the thread of the spider. What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. and Hyperbole 1. Personification.What technique is being used? ___________________________________________________________ Simile. Answers: Simile.

the stone is given the human characterstic of death. Personification. What technique is being used? Metaphor or personification Simile. 4. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer It is being compared to a drum beat using the word "as. All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream. Metaphor. stone dead. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer The idea of death is given human characteristics. What technique is being used? Simile Simile. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer His state is compared to that of a stone's without using the word "like" or "as. Metaphor." Also." 6. Metaphor. Metaphor. everything is being compared to a dream. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer It is an exaggeration to claim that "all" is but a dream. Personification. Death has reared himself a throne / In a strange city lying alone What technique is being used? Personification Simile. What technique is being used? Hyperbole or Metaphor Simile. as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage. . Also. 5. Personification. It increased my fury. Yes.3. Personification. he was stone.

9. Metaphor. It was a low. The breeze— the breath of God—is still What technique is being used? Metaphor Simile. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer The breeze is compared to the breathe of god.7. 10. Metaphor. What technique is being used? Personificatoin or hyperbole Simile. What technique is being used? Personification Simile. Personification. quick sound—much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. and it is an exaggeration to claim that each visitor will feel that. Metaphor. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer The sound is compared to the noise of an enveloped watch. dull. 8. Metaphor. The rosemary nods upon the grave. . / The lily lolls upon the wave. Now each visitor shall confess / The sad valley's restlessness. Personification. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer The valley is given the trait of sadness. What technique is being used? Simile Simile. Personification. or Hyperbole How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer Rosemary is given the trait of nodding and lily is given the ability to loll. Personification.

1." Also. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: His work ethic is compared to a dogs using the word "like. It's been a hard day's night. Personification. Metaphor. and Hyperbole Example: We take a walk. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: It’s really unlikely that the ground is so hot that it literally burns his feet. it could be argued that working is a human trait. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: The speaker is exaggerating by claiming that there are eight days in a week. Then. Metaphor. Personification. Friday night arrives without a suitcase What technique is being used? Personification Simile. I ain't got nothing but love. and I been working like a dog What technique is being used? Simile or possibily personification Simile. Personification. Metaphor." 3. 2. Happiness is a warm gun What technique is being used? Metaphor Simile. so he is exaggerating. the sun is shining down. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Happiness is compared to a warm gun without using "like" or "as. Metaphor. Answers: Simile.Name: ___________________________ Identifying Figurative Language of the Beatles Directions: Write which technique is being used on the line. or Hyperbole . and therefore this is an example of personification. Personification. / Burns my feet as they touch the ground What technique is being used? Simile. Personification. Personification. explain how you know your answer. babe / Eight days a week What technique is being used? Hyperbole Simile. 4.

Metaphor. 5. Metaphor. Metaphor. Thoughts meander like a restless wind / Inside a letter box What technique is being used? Simile Simile. The clouds will be a daisy chain What technique is being used? Metaphor Simile. . Personification. 8. I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping / Still my guitar gently weeps What technique is being used? Personification Simile.Explain how you know: Days of the week cannot carry suitcases. Personification. Personification. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: It is an exaggeration to claim that a road will never disappear. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Clouds are compared to a daisy chain without using "like" or "as. Personification." 9. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Weeping is a human characteristic. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: The human characteristic of knowing is applied to the idea of tomorrow. 7. Personification. Tomorrow never knows. The long and winding road / That leads to your door / Will never disappear What technique is being used? Hyperbole Simile. What technique is being used? Personification Simile. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Thoughts are compared to a restless wind in a letter box using the word "like." 6. Metaphor.

Repetition. Consonance. Identify two or more poetic techniques being used in each example and write them on the line. Rhythm 1. Answers: Alliteration. In the boxes below. What technique is being used? Hyperbole Simile. Metaphor. All you need is love. Personification." 12. explain each of your answers. Personification. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. A greedy and ambitious cow / determined she would graze . Rhyme. Personification. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: It is an exaggeration to claim that people only need love. Metaphor. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: Her hair is implicitly compared to floating sky. Julia / Her hair of floating sky is shimmering What technique is being used? Metaphor Simile. but the shine of live is also compared to suns using "like. There may be more than two techniques being used. Identifying Sounds of Poetry #1 Directions: Read the lines of poetry. or Hyperbole Explain how you know: This statement is quite an exaggeration. Slash marks show where the lines break in the original poems. 11. Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns What technique is being used? Hyperbole or simile.10. Simile.

consonance. Consonance. rhyme. Consonance. Consonance. Onomatopoeia. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 4. Onomatopoeia. rhythm Alliteration. Repetition. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? onomatopoeia. alliteration. rhyme. / Shake the salt. Repetition. / Stir the butter. Onomatopoeia. Crack an egg. Water rushing. alliteration Alliteration. today is Friday Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? rhyme. Rhyme. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? onomatopoeia.on all the fields for miles around… / She grazed for days and days. Consonance. Alliteration. Rhyme. Consonance. consonance. / pushing / past the limits of the edge. consonance Alliteration. Onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia. Repetition. /Hear it sizzle. Water barrels off the ledge. rhythm. bees. Rhyme. / Break the yolk. / whipping up the bottom sludge. and/or Rhythm . / birds. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 3. alliteration. cannons and spires. consonance Alliteration. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 2. Rhyme. Hooray say the roses. Repetition. rhythm. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? Rhyme. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 5. / gushing. / Stoke the heat. BUTTER BRICKLE PEPPER PICKLE / POMEGRANATE PUMPERNICKEL PEACH PIMENTO PIZZA PLUM / PEANUT PUMPKIN BUBBLEGUM Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? Consonance. bombers. Repetition. Rhyme.

Repetition. rhyme Alliteration. / Life is hard when you don‘t have a father to guide you. Good me beat down. Consonance. / BANG!!! You could end up crazy. Repetition.How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 6. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? onomatopoeia. . and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 7. AHHHH!!! Or you could end up dead / Because you pressed the wrong button. Teacher finally lost her temper. BANG!!! There goes another building. it gobbled up the teacher. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? consonance. / ―OUT!‖ she shouted at the creature. Onomatopoeia. BAM!!! There goes another. Consonance. Onomatopoeia. Big Balloons Bounce into the / Big Blue Sky / Up. Consonance. Rhyme. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? onomatopoeia. Rhyme. Onomatopoeia. The creature hopped beside her / GLOPP . up. and/or Rhythm . alliteration. Rhyme. / Smiles turn to frowns. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 8. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 9. / BOOM!!! And there go 2 more. repetition Alliteration. / like old gym shoes. Onomatopoeia. Repetition. BOOM!!! You could end up in jail. Said the man who took target practice / In the seat of a military tank. Repetition. . and away / There they go Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? alliteration. Consonance. There is no logic / In a world so tragic. Rhyme. Alliteration. rhyme Alliteration. rhythm.

rhyme. although blind What technique is being used? personification Alliteration. personification. idiom. Tiger burning bright. Rhyme. Hyperbole. Simile. you may write more than one answer. Tiger. Metaphor. so it also has alliteration. Rhyme. rhythm. Answers: alliteration. Then. Onomatopoeia. simile. Hyperbole. Which techniques are being used (list two or more)? repetition. Simile. Metaphor. Consonance. Example 1. rhyme. and/or Rhythm How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer Name: ___________________________ Identifying Poetic Devices Directions: Write which technique is being used on the line. children sleeping softly in their bedroom bunks What technique is being used? alliteration Alliteration. hyperbole. Idiom. Rhyme. Idiom. Metaphor. or Personification . onomatopoeia. alliteration Alliteration. Idiom. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: Februaries can’t die like humans can. metaphor. Onomatopoeia. Hyperbole. Onomatopoeia. explain how you know your answer. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 3. Simile. Slashes represent line breaks.How do you figure? Explain how you got your answer 10. Rhyme. Onomatopoeia. This falling spray of snow-flakes is / a handful of dead Februaries What technique is being used? _____Personification and Alliteration____________________________ Alliteration. Repetition. Also. There may be more than one correct answer. many words begin with the letter “F” or “S”. 2. / in the forests of the night. The moon is faithful. therefore it is an example of personification.

or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 8. What technique is being used? rhyme Alliteration. A final word: before you start / The convulsions of your art. Rhyme. Metaphor. Hyperbole. They chained themselves to subways for the endless ride from Battery Park to the Bronx What technique is being used? hyperbole. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 5. Onomatopoeia. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 7. Simile. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. That tree said / I don't like that white car under me. Rhyme. alliteration Alliteration. Hyperbole. Idiom. Life is a bowl of cherries . Metaphor. Onomatopoeia. Rhyme. Hyperbole. Hyperbole. Idiom. What technique is being used? metaphor Alliteration. Simile. At dusk there‘s a thin haze like cigarette smoke / ribbons What technique is being used? simile. Idiom. Idiom. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 9.Explain how you figured it out: 4. Simile. Hyperbole. alliteration Alliteration. Rhyme. Metaphor. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 6. Metaphor. Rhyme. Onomatopoeia. / or its gasoline smell What technique is being used? personification Alliteration. Onomatopoeia. Time is a green orchard. Idiom. Simile. Simile.

Onomatopoeia. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 11. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. Metaphor. My sisters tears that sing upon my head What technique is being used? personification. Rhyme. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 12. / I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size What technique is being used? alliteration. What technique is being used? simile. Idiom. Hyperbole. Idiom. All that I hear / Is the slishity-slosh of the rain. Metaphor. Simile. Simile. Simile. Onomatopoeia. Idiom. idiom Alliteration. Simile. What technique is being used? onomatopoeia. Rhyme. I lost my freedom for free room and board / like a monkey in a zoo What technique is being used? simile Alliteration. Hyperbole. Simile. Hyperbole. alliteration Alliteration. Onomatopoeia. Rhyme. Rhyme. hyperbole Alliteration. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 13. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. Veins collapse. Hyperbole. / opening like the / fists of sleeping / Children. Alliteration.What technique is being used? metaphor. or Personification . Metaphor. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 10. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 14. Idiom. Metaphor. Idiom. Rhyme. Hyperbole. Simile. rhyme Alliteration. Rhyme. Idiom. Onomatopoeia. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. Hyperbole.

Rhyme. Idiom. This test will be a piece of cake. What technique is being used? idiom. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 17. Onomatopoeia. Hyperbole. Hyperbole. Idiom. Simile. Onomatopoeia.Explain how you figured it out: 15. Metaphor. Onomatopoeia. Rhyme. Metaphor. Onomatopoeia. hyperbole Alliteration. Sing me no sad songs cause my hearts / been broken What technique is being used? alliteration. Simile. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 18. metaphor Alliteration. But he grew old / This knight so bold- . Rhyme. Idiom. As the bird chirps the / frog croaks What technique is being used? onomatopoeia Alliteration. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 20. Onomatopoeia. Rhyme. Metaphor. I could stare into your eyes as / a thousand years come and go What technique is being used? hyperbole Alliteration. Simile. Metaphor. The sunshine threw his hat away. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 19. Idiom. Hyperbole. Simile. Simile. Hyperbole. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 16. Idiom. What technique is being used? personification Alliteration. Hyperbole. Rhyme. Metaphor.

Rhyme. alliteration Alliteration. / Where Love lay sleeping. What technique is being used? Simile. Simile. Metaphor. I laid me down upon a bank. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. Metaphor. Onomatopoeia. Idiom. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 24. personification Alliteration. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 22. Rhyme. Idiom. Idiom. Simile. Hyperbole. tap What technique is being used? Onomatopoeia Alliteration. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 21. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 23. Metaphor. Idiom. Onomatopoeia. But I hung on like death: / Such waltzing was not easy. Hyperbole. Hyperbole. What technique is being used? Alliteration. Idiom. Simile. Simile. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: . Rhyme.What technique is being used? rhyme Alliteration. For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly. Simile. metaphor Alliteration. Onomatopoeia. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: 25. Hyperbole. tap. metaphor Alliteration. Simile. What technique is being used? alliteration. Hyperbole. Rhyme. Metaphor. Onomatopoeia. Metaphor. Idiom. The pans clattered and banged / the tapping of the wooden spoon / tap. Onomatopoeia. His new car cost him an arm and a leg. What technique is being used? idiom. Rhyme. Hyperbole. Rhyme.

Onomatopoeia. Simile. Metaphor. Rhyme. That‘ll be the day when pigs fly. Idiom. or Personification Explain how you figured it out: . Hyperbole.26. What technique is being used? idiom Alliteration.

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