Hyperbole Poems: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Have you ever exaggerated something? Maybe it was the size of the fish you caught or how much homework your least-favorite teacher assigned. In this lesson, you'll learn about exaggeration and how it is used in hyperbole poems.

Hyperbole

''I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.'' Have you ever felt so hungry that you said this or heard someone else say it? If you have, then you've had experience with hyperbole.

A hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration. Chances are when a person says he or she is so hungry he or she could eat a horse, the person is not really going to eat a horse. People sometimes use exaggeration in this situation to make others understand that they are very hungry. A hyperbole is a type of figurative language, or words and phrases that are used in a different way to help readers understand and relate to what they're reading. Saying that you would eat a large animal, like a horse, makes others understand that you're very hungry.

Hyperbole Poem

A hyperbole poem is a poem that uses exaggeration, or hyperbole. These poems can be short or long. They can rhyme or not rhyme. Hyperbole poems can be about any topic for which the writer can use extreme exaggeration.

Poets may choose to use hyperbole in poems for one of two reasons. First, a poet may want to emphasize a specific point. If you've ever asked your parents for a specific toy or video game, you've probably used hyperbole for this reason by saying, ''I'll never ask for anything ever again!'' In reality, you'll most likely ask your parents for something else again, even if it's just for a band-aid or a glass of milk, so saying you'll never ask for anything again was an exaggeration. You were using hyperbole to make sure your parents understood that you have to have that item.

This poem is an example of using hyperbole to emphasize a point.

A hyperbole poem about being in a timeout
timeout poem

In this poem, the writer uses hyperbole to tell the reader that he or she is so lonely that:

  • 'It's been 10,000 years' since he or she has seen anyone
  • 'No one remembers' me at all
  • The writer's 'whole world is just this room'

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