Understanding Poetry (Grade 4)

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Understanding Poetry

Instructions: A poem is very different from a story. It has special lines, a unique form and creative ways of using words. Learning to recognize these elements can make it easier to understand a poem.

There was an Old Man with a nose,
Who said, "If you choose to suppose
That my nose is too long, you are certainly wrong!"
That remarkable Man with a nose.

There was an Old Man on some rocks,
Who shut his Wife up in a box:
When she said, "Let me out," he exclaimed, "Without doubt
You will pass all your life in that box."

There was an Old Man on a hill,
Who seldom, if ever, stood still;
He ran up and down in his Grandmother's gown,
Which adorned that Old Man on a hill.
Which words are repeated in the poem There was an Old Man?

Which type of poetry does this poem represent?
  1. Free verse
  2. Limerick
  3. Sonnet
  4. Cinquain
Each stanza follows which rhyme scheme?
  1. AABA
  2. ABBA
  3. BBAC
  4. AABC
Take one of the stanzas from There Was an Old Man and write it as a paragraph instead of a poem.

Write another stanza to add to the poem There was an Old Man, starting with "There was an Old Man..."

Each stanza of the poem There was an Old Man is an example of...
  1. A sonnet
  2. A cinquain
  3. A concrete poem
  4. A limerick
How many lines are in the poem There was an Old Man?
  1. 4
  2. 8
  3. 12
  4. 16

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