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Figurative Language in Poetry (Grade 6)

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Figurative Language in Poetry

The guitar leans in the corner of my room

Collecting dust, and nagging me

Teasing me with tunes not played

Like a child yearning for a playmate

Silent silky strings, soundless, song less

The right notes a treasure inside a vault

My fingers have not figured out how to unlock.

Maybe the key to the riches

Is hiding behind more patience, less hurry.

Time to blow off the dust.
Which line from the poem is an example of a metaphor?
  1. "Collecting dust and nagging me"
  2. "Like a child yearning for a playmate"
  3. "The right notes a treasure"
  4. "Time to blow off the dust"
The line "its assurance is like a gift I tuck away in a drawer" is an example of what type of figurative language?
  1. Personification
  2. Hyperbole
  3. Alliteration
  4. Simile
Which image from the passage is an example of hyperbole?
  1. "sending soft breezes"
  2. "winter always ruled"
  3. "billion future flowers"
  4. "a reason to smile"
Which phrase from the passage is an example of personification?
  1. "Spring flirted with me today"
  2. "bitter cold drops still carrying fragments of ice"
  3. "green leaves and the gardens's brown soil"
  4. "a gift I tuck away in the drawer"
The line "Silent silky strings, soundless, song less" is an example of what type of figurative language?
  1. Alliteration
  2. Hyperbole
  3. Personification
  4. Metaphor
What does the poet compare fingers to in this poem?
  1. A treasure
  2. A vault
  3. A child
  4. A key
'Once by the Pacific' by Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in.

The figurative language in line 2 of this poem...
  1. makes the waves seem human
  2. compares the waves to one another
  3. exaggerates the size of the waves
  4. makes the reader hear the waves
Read the following excerpt and answer the question you find after the poem.

Cynthia in the Snow
by Gwendolyn Brooks

It hushes
The loudness in the road.
It flitter-twitters,
And laughs away from me...

What type of figurative language is the author using?
  1. personification
  2. idiom
  3. metaphor
  4. simile
Betty Botter bought some butter,
but, she said, the butter's bitter;
if I put it in my batter
it will make my batter bitter,
but a bit of better butter
will make my batter better.

The above poem is an example of...
  1. personification
  2. alliteration
  3. simile
  4. imagery
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

In the poem, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" the line "dancing in the breeze" is an example of...
  1. personification
  2. alliteration
  3. simile
  4. metaphor
The Sky Is Low, The Clouds Are Mean

The sky is low, the clouds are mean,
A travelling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.

A narrow wind complains all day
How someone treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.

- by Emily Dickinson

Give TWO examples of personification from Emily Dickinson's poem, "The Sky is Low, The Clouds are Mean."

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