Poetry is a rich source of figurative language. Though there are examples of figurative language to be found in all genres of literature, perhaps none more than in poetry. Good poets pack worlds of meaning into tiny little lines. These lines evoke emotions, thoughts, and at times social change. One of the ways that poets perform these linguistic miracles is with the use of figurative language. This page contains a selection of poems that I find to be rich with figurative language.
Each poem also includes a sampling of comprehension, inference, review, and discussion questions, so that they are ready for classroom use. Learn more about how I study figurative language in the classroom with my figurative language lesson and unit plans.
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Daniela/ July 30, 2020
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Kim/ January 30, 2020
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Nancy Shook/ July 16, 2019
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Burki/ December 30, 2017
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Nebras/ October 23, 2017
Mrs. Bergren/ October 19, 2017
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Gerty Ferns/ August 12, 2017
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Person/ May 18, 2017
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Nishat/ May 7, 2016
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N syed/ May 7, 2016
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Ma unice Fajardo/ January 8, 2016
I really like the poem.
M. Nelson/ December 31, 2015
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Mr. Morton/ January 19, 2016
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KYB/ November 28, 2015
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Julissa/ January 18, 2015
These are great resources! They will help the students that I’m tutoring to really grasp poetic terms. Thank you for sharing these items in such an organized way!
devin jordan/ January 16, 2015
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Brendan Gamor sixth grade student/ December 29, 2014
Ur poems helped me do my project so thank you mr Morton
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Jacqueline Carter/ September 15, 2014
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