Poems by Poetic Technique

Are you are looking for poetic examples of alliteration, metaphor, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, or other poetic devices? I have organized the poems on this website, organized by poetic technique. Simply click on any of the links below to see poems that incorporate the poetic technique you are looking for.

  • Alliteration – Poems in which words that are close together that begin with the same consonant sounds.
  • Anthropomorphism and Personificaton – Poems in which animals or objects take on human characteristics.
  • Assonance – Poems in which nearby words have the same vowel sounds.
  • Descriptive Poems – Poems that describe a person, animal, or inanimate object.
  • Dialogue – These poems include words spoken by one or more characters.
  • Hyperbole – These are poems that include extreme exaggerations.
  • Idioms – These poems include common English expressions.
  • Imagery – These poems use figurative language in a way that appeals to the senses.
  • Irony – These poems express ideas that are different from, and possibly the opposite of, the literal meaning of the words.
  • List Poems – These poems incorporate some kind of list — of objects, actions, ideas, or words — usually in the middle of the poem.
  • Lyric and Dramatic Poems – These are poems that express the narrator’s emotions or feelings, often meant to be read aloud.
  • Metaphor and Simile – These poems each include at least one metaphor or simile.
  • Narrative Poems – These are poems that tell a story.
  • Nonsense – These poems intentionally don’t make a lot of sense. Some use made-up words, while others contradict themselves or use language randomly.
  • Onomatopoeia – These poems each include at least one onomatopoeia; words that imitate the sound of the object or action they refer to.
  • Puns – These poems include words and phrases with double meanings, either at the end or throughout the poem.
  • Repetition – These poems repeat individual words, phrases, lines, or entire stanzas.
  • Rhyme Schemes – These poems have rhyme schemes that are more complex or interesting than just simple AABB, ABAB, or ABCB.
  • Superlatives – These poems include adjectives or adverbs such as best, fastest, hottest, slowest, etc.
  • Wordplay – These poems use all sorts of wordplay, including invented words, anagrams, overuse of alliterations, tons of puns, etc.

You will also find the poems on this website organized by reading level, by topic, and by length.