Poetic Devices and Sound Devices Jeopardy Answer Key

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Defining Poetic Devices

What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

Both are figurative language. Both are poetic devices. Both are used to compare unlike objects. Simile uses "like" or "as" in the comparison


One syllable words that rhyme 

hard rhyme 

#3 What poetic device is being used in this stanza by Sarah Kay? And I’m going to paint the solar systems on the backs of her hands, so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.” And she’s going to learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air." Imagery (or Sensory Language)

"Hold fast to dreams,

for if dreams die,

Life is a broken-winged bird

that cannot fly"


-Langston Hughes



What example of figurative language is being used in the following stanza?



Well, son, I'll tell you:

Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

It's had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare.


Defining Sound Devices

What is the definition of alliteration?

Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words in a verse of poetry


What is the definition of Free Verse?

Free Verse is when the verses do not rhyme


What is the Rhyme Scheme for the following stanza?



The hand that held my wrist

Was battered on one knuckle;

At every step you missed

My right ear scraped a buckle.



What sound device is being used in the following stanza?

"I am the result of the Beauty of being free

When you look at me

I need you to see

That we

Assonance or Rhyme Scheme


What sound device is being used in this stanza?


"I watch that fellow wearing faded yellow."

internal rhyme 

The Basics

Uses figurative language and/ or sound devices



The smaller unit within a poem, like a verse in a song or a paragraph in prose.



an extreme exaggeration



writing that appeals to the senses, figures of speech not to be taken literally

figurative language


tools poets use to add meaning or emphasis to their writing through the use of sound

sound devices

Which Figurative Language?

She ran like the wind.



His heart was a drum in his chest.



The sound of the wind in my ears and the heat of the sun on my face.

Imagery (sensory language)


I have told you a million times to take out the garbage.



The shadows held their breath as the moon crept past.


Which Sound Device?

Sarah sang softly.



I see three bees in the trees.

Rhyme or assonance


Tick Tock goes the clock.

Onomatopoeia or rhyme or rhythm


Ice and fire fly high

inside my mind



Sometimes she sits

inside the insult's grip

Consonance and rhyme

Final Question

What is Mrs. Fields' favorite poem?

"On Turning Ten," by Billy Collins