Poetry – Figurative Language and Structure. An Introductory Lesson . What is Poetry?. Major type of literature in which sound is as important as meaning. Poetry uses sound devices to give the work a musical quality. Poetry uses images to paint vivid pictures in the reader’s mind.
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An Introductory Lesson
Big exaggeration, usually with humor
I ate a mile-high ice cream cone.
Naming a thing or an action by imitating the sound associated with it.
Buzz, hiss, roar, woof
Giving inanimate objects - human qualities.
The old house screeched in pain as we entered and the old stairs groaned in pain as we climbed to the second story.
A figure of speech comparing two unlike things using the words like or as
The sun is like a yellow ball of fire.
The desert is a burning carpet.
Comparing two things without using like or as.
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more words or syllables.
The wild and wooly walrus waits and wonders when we walk by.
My robot does my homework.
He helps me every night.
The trouble is he doesn't get too
many answers right.
He'd probably do better
at homework but, you see,
I built him, so he only knows
the things he learned from me.
growling, jumping, chewing
a playful bundle of trouble
waddling, swimming, leaping
a tuxedo in the cold water
Two white butterflies
Fluttering over green grass:
One goes east, one west
Sleepy bumble bees
Buzzing about plum blossoms
In the setting sun
Follow along with the poem and listen for: