9th Grade Literary Devices: Homeschool Assignment

Instructor: Megan Sarkisian
This assignment requires students to explore poetry through song, as they examine a song of their choice in terms of the literary devices contained it its lyrics. Students explore how the literary devices support the meaning and effect of the song.

Assignment Instructions for Students

Songs are a form of poetry. Select a song and find as many literary devices as you can within the lyrics of the song. Afterward, write a short paragraph explaining how the song writer used those devices. How did they contribute to the meaning and effect of the song? Devices you might look for include simile, metaphor, symbolism, irony, personification, allusion, imagery, allegory, oxymoron and sarcasm (this is not an exhaustive list).

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