Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry


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He was a steam engine, chugging down the field towards the end zone.

This line is an example of which type of figurative language?

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1. If someone says that their new phone is 'the best thing since sliced bread,' they're using which type of figurative language?

2. If you're reading a poem on the AP Literature test and you notice a metaphor, you make a quick note of your first impression of the effect of it. What's the next step?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the keys to understanding poetry is to understand figurative language, and specifically how it can be used in poetic contexts. This online quiz will test you on some of the basic information on figurative language in poetry. The quiz questions will go over points from the attached lesson, such as the different types of figurative language and examples in famous poems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Different types of figurative language
  • Strategies for reading figurative language in poetry
  • Examples of figurative language in poems

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check to ensure that you can accurately recall the definitions and characteristics of different types of figurative language that you might find in poetry
  • Defining key concepts - test your ability to define some of the terms related to figurative language, such as simile, metaphor, and personification
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of figurative language to identify examples of specific types of figurative language found in poems

Additional Learning

Review the lesson called Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry to see more examples of figurative language. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Literal and figurative language
  • Idioms
  • Exaggeration
  • Poetic comparisons