Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry - Quiz & Worksheet


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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo says that Juliet looks like a glittering jewel set against a dark-skinned earlobe. By contrasting two images, he adds meaning and expresses how she's not only beautiful but she also stands out. What poetic device does Romeo employ?

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1. Which of the following choices best represents a reason why poets might choose a figurative image?

2. What is the question that helps AP students focus on poetic devices?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Poetry separates itself from normal language through its use of different types of imagery, especially symbolic language and juxtapositions. This online quiz will go over the different types of language and imagery used in poetry. Some things you'll be assessed on include examples of poetic imagery, and the effects that this type of language has on the reader.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Different types of poetic devices
  • Reasons for specific poetic imagery
  • Effects of poetic devices
  • Examples of poetic devices

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can recall facts about the different types of poetic imagery discussed in the lesson
  • Defining key concepts - having read the attached lesson, check your ability to define terms associated with specific poetic devices
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of the topic to identify examples of poetic devices in famous poems; and articulate the effect that these devices have upon the reader

Additional Learning

To learn more about poetic language, review the corresponding lesson called Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Poetic language
  • Types of imagery
  • Symbolism
  • Juxtaposition