Reading Comprehension - Poetry: Are These Really Poems?
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Reading Comprehension - Poetry: Are These Really Poems?

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Are you a fan of poetry? If you are, then this quiz will be a fun one and if you are not - well, this quiz is going to be far more interesting and fun than you thought! Why? Because poetry comes in all kinds of packaging.

Perhaps up to now you have found poems a little boring or way too hard to understand. Either way, you have decided that you do not like poems. Well, there are those poems that can be confusing, some are really long winded and some are, you’ll have to admit, downright funny. But I bet there are poems that you didn’t realize were poems. In fact, when you look ahead you’ll be thinking, “Are these really poems?” Well, the answer is yes so let’s look at some very interesting types of poems.

Explorer Poetry - An explorer poem is a poem that details the journey of an explorer, including their acts of searching and traveling. The poem will include the date and information of what was discovered. Verses do tend to rhyme and there are generally 8-10 lines in the poem but it can be shorter. An example of explorer poetry is:

In July of 1969

Neil Armstrong took a giant leap for mankind

When his boot hit the surface of the moon

and sparked further journeys that would come soon.

First Apollo 8, then Apollo 11

Did Mr. Armstrong know he would become a legend?

On every radio, on every corner, the news swirled

This man walking on the moon had changed the world.

Lie Poetry - Now this is a type of poetry that nearly everyone loves! In a lie poem nearly each and every line contains an outrageous lie! There is no set limit to the number of lines or the number of lies. An example of a lie poetry is:

I went to the moon on my vacation

Where I played video games with two aliens.

Harry and Jacker were their names.

They ate rocks for dinner which was very strange.

I brought them back to Earth to meet my dad Mark.

Then we went skydiving and swam with sharks.

Then I bought a jet and we went to Brazil

Where we ate lunch with the President, and I paid the bill.

Then it started raining candy, which was a real treat.

I had so much fun I didn’t sleep for a week!

I Wish Poetry - An “I Wish” poetry is where every line of the poem, usually 8 to 10 lines, begins with the words “I wish.” The poem does not have to rhyme. An example of an “I Wish” poem is:

I wish I could swim.

I wish I had an older sister.

I wish I had no homework to do.

I wish I knew how to bake a cake.

I wish I could fly like a bird.

I wish there were no homeless people.

I wish my mommy did not have to work so hard.

I wish Christmas could be every day!

Monster Poetry - Just as you would guess, monster poetry brings life to imaginary monsters using sensory imaging. It is also between 8 and 10 lines long, describes the monster and what it looks like, what it does, and the poem does not have to rhyme. An example of monster poetry is:

Meet my Rooty-Tooty Very Fruity Monster

His eyes are made of juicy grapes

And his hair is banana peels.

When he smiled that watermelon smile

You’ll see 23 rows of bright red cherries for teeth.

He has a Granny Smith apple head

On a pear-shaped body.

Ripe pineapple arms made for picking up 100 lb. bowls of fruit

Shoveling them in his mouth

And dancing with joy on his two orange feet.

Third Eye Poetry - Third eye poetry are poems that describe unseen or unnoticed things, events or moments. They do not have to rhyme. An example of a third eye poem is as follows:

The third eye sees when Johnny passed the note to Tom.

The third eye sees you talking while the teacher is teaching.

The third eye sees when Lisa hit Amy at recess and said she did not.

The third eye sees the wall you are about to walk into.

The third eye sees you putting that whoopie cushion on Lucy’s chair.

The third eye sees when you said you were sick to get out of class.

The third eye sees all!

Did you find any of the above interesting? How about funny? Well, let’s see if you can read a new poem and determine what kind of a poem it is and while reading, just relax, enjoy and have a little fun!
1.
I stare at my mirror
So shocked by what I see
There is a strange woman
Staring right back at me

I must’ve been abducted
This must be a crazy trick
For the reflection that I see
Is making me quite sick
(by Eileen Manassian Ghali)
Third Eye Poetry
Explorer Poetry
Monster Poetry
Lie Poetry
Were you able to figure out what style of quiz this is? Well, do you think this person was abducted? Probably not so that must be a lie. Ah, a lie, so that would mean that this is an example of Lie Poetry making Answer (d) correct
2.
In sixteen hundred and nine
Henry Hudson wasn't at all fine.
On a trip to the northwest,
He faced quite a test.
His crew wanted to mutiny,
But he convinced them to wait and see.

His ship, the Half Moon,
Reached Maine around noon.
They headed down the coast
But they were unable to boast
That they had found the passageway
That would have made Hudson's day.

Instead they explored a river and traded for oysters,
Near New York, but not the Cloisters.
Seeing the Tapanzee
Made them happy

Until they reached Albany and found
That they were not Northwest Passage bound.
Hudson called it a River of Mountains
Even though it had no fountains.
He returned to his English home
But again had to roam.
This time however, his crew set him adrift in the cold
And he was never again seen, it is told.
Explorer Poetry
Third Eye Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Monster Poetry
Were you able to make out that this poem is about Henry Hudson, an explorer? As he was an explorer, this is an Explorer Poem and Answer (a) is correct
3.
Goosebumps run down my body
As something stirs in the night,
But the pitch black lighting is blinding
It feels my heart with unsettling fright.

The monster that causes my distress
Is the disabling fear-filled unknown.
It's haunted me since I was young,
It's not something I've yet outgrown.
Third Eye Poetry
Monster Poetry
Lie Poetry
Explorer Poetry
Did you quickly pick up on what kind of poetry this one is? Yup, we are talking about a monster making it Monster Poetry. As such, Answer (b) is correct
4.
I wish I was a waterfall then I could fall over rocks.
I can have beautiful fish flowing through me.
I can be clean and beautiful.
I would have lots of people coming to view me.
Explorer Poetry
Lie Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Third Eye Poetry
Hmm, I bet this poem was easy to guess. It’s an “I Wish Poem” and that makes Answer (c) correct
5.
The third eye notices when Abbie spilt juice on the rug and said it was Lizzie.
The third eye notices when you tell your mom you brushed your teeth for two minutes and you only brushed for one.
The third eye notices when you're supposed to be doing your homework and you're listening to music.
The third eye sees when you're on the phone for five minutes longer then you're supposed to be.
The third eye can tell when you have ice cream for dinner.
(by Courtney)
Third Eye Poetry
Lie Poetry
Monster Poetry
Explorer Poetry
Okay, so this poem is hard to hide what it is. It is clearly a third eye poem and that makes Answer (a) correct
6.
As the smoke clears
Revealing our fears
Nature’s deadliest creation
Born from mankind’s destruction
It is the rebirth of a new era
The era of Godzilla.
(by Darkguardians12)
Explorer Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Lie Poetry
Monster Poetry
Did you pick up on what kind of poetry this one is? Well, Godzilla is a good hint as he is a “monster” and that makes this a Monster poem. Answer (d) is correct
7.
With my white pumpkin I’m going to bake
A pumpkin pie and say it’s cheesecake
It’s “vanilla bean”
Since it’s white like cheese -
If only they’ll take the bait plate!
Explorer Poetry
Lie Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Monster Poetry
Were you able to figure out what style of poetry this is? Well, the person is going to tell others that the pumpkin is cheesecake. That sounds like they will be lying to me. If they are lying, that makes this an example of Lie Poetry making Answer (b) correct
8.
Amerigo Vespucci told a lie,
But he confessed before he did die.
He said he had beaten Columbus to the west
When, in fact, he did not make that test.
Vespucci did explore the coast
of Brazil, Rio de la Plata and most
of South America.
Modest he was NOT, nor dim,
He suggested they name the new land after him.
And they did!
Monster Poetry
Lie Poetry
Explorer Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Were you able to make out that this poem is about Amerigo Vespucci, an explorer? As he was an explorer, this is an Explorer Poem and Answer (c) is correct
9.
The Third eye sees the wall pretending to be a door.
The Third eye sees the math genius using a calculator.
The Third eye sees Bill sneaking money.
The Third eye sees Wade eating stolen food.
The Third eye sees strange people hiding food in New York, Boston, and Tokyo.
(by Cody)
Monster Poetry
Third Eye Poetry
Lie Poetry
Explorer Poetry
Okay, just as an above poem, this type of poem is hard to disguise. It is a clear example of a Third Eye poem. Answer (b) is correct
10.
I wish I were a rock so the creek could push me down the water.
I wish I were a bird so when I fly I can land in the water and take a sip.
I wish I were a fish so I could swim in the cold water.
If I were a leaf I would fall into the water when the wind blows.
Lie Poetry
Explorer Poetry
Monster Poetry
I Wish Poetry
Wasn’t this one really easy to guess?! It’s an “I Wish Poem” and that makes Answer (d) correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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