These worksheets will teach your students how to identify key imagery and ideas within poems.

The following collection of activity sheets contains short-answer questions about famous poems. After your students have read each poem, they must find the answers to questions about specific characters and events, using words and phrases from the poem itself. The poems covered include "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, and "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt. Answer keys have been provided for each worksheet for instructors.

Fun Fact: "The Epic of Gilgamesh," written about 2150 BC, is generally considered to be the oldest surviving piece of written poetry in the world.

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Casey at the Bat

At the beginning of the poem, who did the crowd want to bat? How did Casey respond to the cheering of the crowd when he came to bat?

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

The father told the son to beware of what three things? Describe how the jabberwocky approached the boy.

The Spider and the Fly By Mary Howitt

In the second stanza, what did the spider do to try and get the fly inside? In your own words, explain why the fly said she wouldn’t rest on the spider's bed.

Reading Poetry

What is the poem about? This poem was written over two hundred years ago. Do you think it has any relevance for us today? Why or why not?

The Cinquain

A cinquain is a poem that is five lines long; the syllables in each line follow this syllable pattern: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.

Identifying Poetic Devices

As you read the assignment. Can you find any of the poetic devices below? Record at least three poetic devices that you find.

Come In

What is happening in the poem? Describe the mood or the tone of the poem.

Writing Free Verse

Free verse is a kind of poetry that has no rules at all. It does not have rhyme or regular meter. Free verse typically relies on imagery, alliteration, etc. to convey meaning.

Alliteration Worksheet

Alliteration is the intentional repetition of consonant sounds in nearby words. Often the repeated sound is at the beginning of each word. Alliteration is a literary device that is often used in poetry.

Understanding Poetry

One of the things that makes poems different from prose is that poets are much less likely to come right out and say what’s on their mind ― they don't "hit your over the head" with their message!

Write an Autobiographical Poem

An autobiographical poem is a poem you write about yourself. The autobiographical poem is often written in free verse, which means that An autobiographical poem follows a template that you fill in with details about yourself.

The Swing

Use letters to chart the rhyme scheme of the poem. Write each letter on a line.

The Letter

This eight-line poem called "The Letter," was written by Dr. Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926), and is carved into the stone edifice of the U.S. Postal Museum in Washington D.C. Read the poem, then answer the questions.

Write a Haiku

Haiku is Japanese form of poetry usually reflecting on nature and feelings. There are three lines in a Haiku. The first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third has five syllables.

Success

Does the poem have a rhyme scheme? What is it? Summarize the poem. What message did you take away from it?

Velvets - Hilda Conkling

This is a copy of the extended poem to be used with the next worksheet.

Analysis of Velvets

Does the poem use a set meter? What is it? Does # of lines per stanza vary? If so, how?

Consonance in Poetry

Consonance is the repetition of similar consonant sounds close together within a word, phrase or sentence. To be noticeable, the words with the repeated consonant sounds have to be close together. While alliteration is the repetition of the first letter of each word, consonance can appear anywhere within a word, and often appears at the end.

Express Yourself with Poetry

Choose a type of poem that you want to write. What will be the topic of your poem?