Poetic Devices Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RL.4-6
Many akin poets to artists. If you think about it, just like painters; poets have a large pallet to choose from. Unlike like the painters who have different colors to use to make their masterpieces, poets have words and word arrangements at their disposal. Just like the artist that needs to use the color and selection to create a shadowy figure or a vibrant hero, poets arrange their words to sound in just the right tone at the exact right time. These worksheets will help students explore various wide used poetic device techniques.
Poetic Device Worksheets To Print:
– If you get stumped on one question make sure to move on to the
Find an Example –
In some cases, you might work off of multiple poems here.
– This activity really demands a higher level of thinking to do
– Try your own hand at enjambment. Compose a few lines of poetry
that make use of this device.
– Match each poetic device on the left to its definition on the
– Name the poetic device in each example below.
– What is the rhyme scheme of the first stanza of this poem?
A Book –
Identify the four metaphors in the poem. Write them on the lines.
– Identify at least four different poetic devices in the assignment.
Forms of Poetic Devices
Poets will often use repetitious consonants at the beginning of words that are rather close to each other. In many cases the words are found adjacent to one another. For example you can can see the use of alliteration in the beginning of this sentence: Peter's pug put down the bone.
You can also use vowel sounds that are carefully placed near each other to make words and phrases sound more interesting. The sounds in this case become more accented. Check out the use of the letter "i" in the sentence: Shine the light on the tire and keep it in sight.
This technique is used by repeating consonant sounds at the end of words that are found on the same line. This produces somewhat of a rhyme pattern for the listener. Assonance and consonance are opposite poetic devices.
When a poet is really looking to ensue a bit of chaos on their reader they employ this technique. This often results in a mix of harsh words and unique sounds like hissing. Any words arrangement that result in the sentence sounding like rush hour traffic will almost always use this technique.
Euphony is the polar opposite of cacophony. This is when words are arranged to result in a melodic, almost musically, sense of harmony.
When you discover instances of words that sound just like their meaning. A quick example if a bee that goes buzz or bat that goes crack.
This is when you repeat words or phrases for added affect. You will find this used often on the front of poems to help push them off.
This is just what all types of poems are known for. This is also what most songs are known for as well. The rhyme is mostly generated from ending sounds that are generated.