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Poetic Devices Worksheets

Poetic devices are different from figurative language techniques. While poets use both, poetic devices affect how the poem sounds. When trying to identify poetic devices, you should read the lines out-loud. It may be easier to pick up these techniques with your ears than with your eyes. Here is a collection of worksheets on poetic devices to give you or your students rapid fire practice with this skill.

Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 – Here are 10 problems to give you or your students practice with poetic devices. Read the poetry snippets, identify two or more poetic devices in use, and explain your answer.
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Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 – This activity is five pages long and contains 26 practice problems. Read the poetry snippets, identify the poetic devices, and explain your answers.
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Poetic Devices Worksheet 3 – Here is a double-sided poetic devices worksheet with ten practice problems. This one is a little harder than the first two worksheets.
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Poetic Devices Worksheet 4 – Here is another five page poetic devices worksheet with 26 problems. Some of the examples used in this are pretty difficult. This worksheet is recommended for those trying to demonstrate mastery of poetic devices.
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Poetic Devices Worksheet 5 – Help students reinforce their skills with onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, alliteration, and consonance. Students identify the techniques and explain their answer.
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Poetic Devices and Figurative Language Worksheet– This worksheet gives students practice with figurative language and poetic devices side by side. It is 4 pages and has over 25 problems. If you like this worksheet, check out these figurative language worksheets.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Poetic Devices

Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

ELA Standards: Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a – Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a – Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.

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18 Comments

  1. Dilshad Mumu

     /  May 13, 2017

    This is really helpful.It will help much in exam.

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  2. Alison Boros

     /  April 4, 2016

    I love your site. A new teacher’s dream. You explain everything with simplicity. I use your PowerPoints and figurative language worksheets for that much needed practice.
    Thank you so much.

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  3. Trish

     /  January 16, 2016

    This is fantastic resources, just wondering as a teacher/tutor am i allowed to download worksheets to print out copies to hand out to my students?

    thank you

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    • You sure are. That’s the whole point of the website. Thanks for visiting and I hope that you find some of my materials useful and enriching.

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  4. Mrs. Golden

     /  October 29, 2015

    I am so impressed with your hard work! Thank you! This is one of the best contributions to the educational system in a long time. You have saved me hours of time!

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  5. anne mauldin

     /  January 9, 2015

    These poetry examples and worksheets are perfect for reinforcement before the state test. Thanks so much for your hard work and willingness to share!

    Reply
  6. sheila b. jumawan

     /  September 15, 2014

    Thank you so much… the explanations and examples are indeed helpful.

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  7. Emily

     /  August 19, 2014

    Wow! What a great resource this website is. Thank you for your hard work.

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    • You are most welcome. Thank you for visiting.

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      • Brianna Roebuck

         /  December 10, 2017

        There is one more you need to put on there which is Identifying Poetic Devices the one that starts at The moon is faithful,although blind I search up the page but it shows me the answer but does not show mw explain how you figure out answer help me please thank you.

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  8. Teresa

     /  March 6, 2014

    I am a first year teacher also, and you have done an outstanding job! Everything that I am trying to teach, you have an example with work that goes along. I am glad I was snowed in these last few days or I would never have found you!

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  9. Amanda

     /  September 27, 2013

    As a first year teacher, and a Special Education teacher that is teaching ELAR (for sped) it is amazing to find things like this that other people are using/have used. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Mrs. Barton

     /  January 16, 2013

    Thank you for so many amazing reinforcement sheets. It’s very kind of you to share this with your colleagues. It is very much appreciated.

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  11. Shuniece

     /  April 20, 2011

    Can you post the answers for the poetic devices worksheets… please? Seeing that there’s more than one answer I just want to see that I see what you see…. thanks!!

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  June 2, 2011

      Done, but I haven’t found time to explain them all.

      I would like to do so soon.

      Reply
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