Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples


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Which of the following is an example of a simile?

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1. Which of the following expressions uses metaphor?

2. Brad employs the personification technique in all of his most recent plays. Given this information, which of the following is most likely NOT a line from Brad's latest play?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

American poetry makes unique use of many of the literary tools available. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of what some of these devices are and how they are used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a simile and how it is used
  • Identifying examples of metaphors
  • The definition of personification
  • The definition of symbolism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about poetic devices
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including what similes are and how to identify one
  • Making connections - correlate your critical knowledge to your understanding of how literary devices are used
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about poetic devices

Additional Learning

To start learning more about poetic literary devices and characteristics of American poetry, review the accompanying lesson called Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Covers how poetic devices enhance writing
  • Details how to identify crucial devices in analysis
  • Explains similes and metaphors in context
  • Explains symbolism in context
  • Explains personification in context