A vivid description of things. Imagery is related to sensory language.  It appeals to all the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Underline the sensory images.



by John Updike


The breezes taste

Of apple peel.

The air is full

Of smells to feel –

Ripe fruit, old footballs,

Drying grass,

New books and blackboard

Chalk in class.



Fill in on your own:

What images (pictures in your mind) and sense impressions can you use to describe a snowstorm?









A comparison between two things using the words “like” or “as.”  Underline the similes in the poem.


“New Notebook”

by Judith Thurman



In a new notebook

Run, even and fine,

Like telephone wires

Across a snowy landscape.

With wet, black strokes

The alphabet settles between them,

Comfortable as a flock of crows.



by Jean Little


I feel like the ground in winter,

Hard, cold, dark, dead, unyielding.


Then hope pokes through me

Like a crocus.


Fill in on your own:

A bird is like _______________ because _____________



A telephone is like _______________ because ________





A comparison between two things that does not use “like” or “as.”  Underline all the metaphors.



by Carl Sandburg


The fog comes

On little cat feet.

It sits looking

Over harbor and city

On silent haunches

And then moves on.



“A Modern Dragon,”

by Rowena Bastin Bennett


A train is a dragon that roars through the


He wriggles his tail as he sends up a


He pierces the night with his one yellow


And all the earth trembles when he rushes



Fill in on your own:

Sadness is ___________________________________________


Spring is ____________________________________________




Personification is a comparison between a non-human and a human that gives a non-human the qualities of a person.  Underline the key word that shows that the non-human has human behavior or feelings.




The wind howled in anger around the house.


The stapler bit the piece of paper fiercely.


The armchair hugged me when I sat down.



Fill in on your own:


The telephone __________________________________.


The candle ______________________________________.


One response »

  1. mrtz it help too much for the bimestral thanks you i did it clomplete an now i can undestand better the figurative language ( the song too)

    thanks you!!!

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