Metaphorically Speaking Quiz

Those clever lines we always quote are actually examples of poetic devices. See which ones you recognize.

Quiz

1. Aristotle wrote, "It is metaphor above all else that gives clearness, charm, and distinction to the style." Can you spot the metaphor below?

  • "Because I could not stop for death,
    He kindly stopped for me."
  • "One shade the more, one ray the less."
  • "All the world's a stage."

2. In his famous poem "Kubla Khan," when Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, "àThe sacred river ranà" he was using:

  • Personification.
  • Allusion.
  • Chiasmus.

3. Shakespeare wrote: "To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream." What is this progression called?

  • Epizeuxis.
  • Anadiplosis.
  • Anaphora.

4. Which of the following is an example of a simile?

  • "Beauty is truth, truth beauty."
  • "O my love is like a red, red rose, that 's newly sprung in June."
  • "Time is money."

5. We use synecdoches (pronounced sin-ek-da-kees) every day. Which of the following is an example of this poetic device:

  • "Rome was not built in a day."
  • "To err is human, to forgive divine."
  • "All hands on deck!"

1. Aristotle wrote, "It is metaphor above all else that gives clearness, charm, and distinction to the style." Can you spot the metaphor below?
"All the world's a stage."

2. In his famous poem "Kubla Khan," when Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, "àThe sacred river ranà" he was using:
Personification.

3. Shakespeare wrote: "To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream." What is this progression called?
Anadiplosis.

4. Which of the following is an example of a simile?
"O my love is like a red, red rose, that 's newly sprung in June."

5. We use synecdoches (pronounced sin-ek-da-kees) every day. Which of the following is an example of this poetic device:
"All hands on deck!"

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