Reading Comprehension - Poetry Can Be Fun
Green is the sound of a frog family making plans for dinner!

Reading Comprehension - Poetry Can Be Fun

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Learning to love poetry for some people can be a challenge while for others, there is no other form of writing that they admire more. We’ve all heard the poems that start out - “Roses are red, violets are blue…” and that is definitely a fun poem for just about everyone, but then there are the poems that are so full of strange words and phrases that they boggle the mind right at the very beginning and make people feel quite lost.

That not so pleasant feeling tricks people into believing that poetry is not for them. However, that belief is based on a very narrow area of poetry. What most people do not realize is that the field of poetry is quite vast, you just need to take the time to delve into it a little deeper because there is sure to be styles of poetry that you will like. In fact, in many instances - poetry that you will love!

In prior grades you probably learned a few of the poetry styles such as rhyming (one of the most well-known forms of poetry), limericks, Tanka, epic, ballads, lyric, narrative, Haiku, free verse, alliteration and concrete. In this quiz we will expand upon other types and forms of poetry to add to the listing we already know.

Acrostic Poetry - Sometimes you will hear this type of poetry referred to as the “name poem.” Why? Because you take a name such as a girl’s name or boy’s name or last name or business name, etc. and list each letter vertically and then each letter of that name begins the letter of a sentence or phrase. Let’s do one here. The name we will use is “Tommy.”

T is for our ticklish little brother.

O is for ovations he receives.

M is for his macho little body.

M is for the marvelous way he sings, sings, sings!

Y is for the look he has so youthful. He is something special you’ll agree. And when you need some help to do your homework, all you have to do is call

TOMMY!

Alphabet Poetry - Sometimes you will hear this type of poetry referred to as the “ABC poetry.” In an alphabet poem, each line of the poem will begin with the letter of the alphabet in chronological order. Here’s an example:

Agirl went to the store to

Buy some flowers. She

Counted her money and saw she

Didn’t have enough. She wanted to cry but

Everything was better when the

Friendly cashier smiled and

Gave her the flowers for free!

Autobiographical Poetry - This type of poetry is sometimes referred to as a “bio poem” and it is something you write about yourself. It is generally a “fill-in-the-blank” poem that comes from a template. An example of an autobiographical poem is:

1. __________ (Your first name)

2. ________, _________, and _________(3 words that describe you)

3. Son or Daughter of _________________ (Your parents’ names)

4. Who loves _______, ________, and _______ (3 things you love)

5. Who feels ________ about ________ (1 emotion and 1 thing)

6. Who gives _______, ________, and _______ (3 objects you share)

7. Who fears _______, ________, and _______ (3 things you fear)

8. Who’d like to see _________ (1 place or person you’d like to see)

9. Who dreams of _________ (1 item or idea)

10. A student of ___________ (your school)

11. __________ (Your last name)

Green

Green is the color of ripe apples dangling from the trees.

Green is the feeling of gentle winds brushing your cheeks.

Green is the sweet taste of juicy grapes.

Green is the smell of wet grass after a rain shower.

Green is the sound of a frog family making plans for dinner.

Green is drifting off to sleep after a long day.

Green is life.

Epitaph Poetry - Sometimes this type of poem is considered to be morbid because it is a piece of written work for a deceased (dead) person. The epitaph is the telling about the life of the deceased person and that person’s achievements, their personality and just about anything that has to do with the departed person. Many times after an epitaph is read, those people who never knew that person walk away feeling as though they did know them and for those who did know them, it helps to lighten up the sad mood of the person’s passing. Here is an example of an epitaph.

Reverend King

Had a dream

He marched for love

He spoke for unity

He stood for freedom

He believed in his community

After a bullet laid him to rest

His dream continues to live on

Reverend King started a battle

That finally was won.

See, poems can be fun - you just need to find what you like best!

So, the challenge for this quiz is to read each of the following poems below and see if you can determine which style of poem it is.
1.
Blue is the color of the swaying oceans.
The blue jays chirping in their nest.
Blue is the color of my sapphire ring.
Blue is also the color of my nail polish.
Acrostic Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Color Poetry
Alphabet Poetry
In this poem the central theme is about the color blue. It describes blue using the sense of sound, feelings and looks. Therefore, this is an example of Color Poetry making Answer (c) correct
2.
A million times I've needed you
A million times I've cried
If love alone could have saved you
You never would have died
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place
No one can ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you
But you did not go alone
A part of me went with you
The day GOD called you home
Your precious memory is my keepsake
With which I'll never part
GOD has you safely in HIS keeping
But I have you forever in my heart.
Alphabet Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
The fourth line quickly gives away what this poem is all about, i.e., this poem is about someone who has died. A poem about a person who has died is known as an epitaph poem. This makes Answer (b) correct
3.
Enraptured - swept into the pools of your soul.
Your depths lure me deeper ... until I am blissfully lost.
Enticed and entranced, I surrender to you;
Slowly slipping into scintillating shivers.
Acrostic Poetry
Alphabet Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Were you able to figure this poem out? Look at the first letter in each line, i.e., E Y E S. When we see this style we have an Acrostic poem, also known as a “name poem.” Here the name is “EYES” and Answer (a) is correct
4.
Line 1: Your first name ___________
Line 2: Four adjectives that describe you are ______, ______, _____ and _____
Line 3: Son/daughter of ___________
Line 4: Brother/sister of _________
Line 5: Top three hobbies are _________, ________ and ________
Line 6: Greatest accomplishment is _________
Line 7: Five year goal is to _______________________________
Line 8: A short quote that describes who you are ________________________
ABC Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
When a poem is generally about yourself and includes filling in blanks, it is known as an Autobiographical Poem. As we can clearly see that here, Answer (c) correct
5.
He was a good husband
And father so dear
But he made a mistake
And ended up here.
Autobiographical Poetry
Color Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
This poem gives you a clue in the first line in that “he was” not “he is.” This tells us the poem is about someone who has passed away. It is also a bit comical. A poem that is about a dead person is known as an epitaph poem. This makes Answer (d) correct
6.
Amidst the tall trees
Beckons a spire
Climbing to the sky
Down below the moors
Ever covered in mist
Fog so thick like blankets
Gravestones poke out
Hauntingly the fog swirls
Images appear then puff
Just like that they are gone
Acrostic Poetry
Alphabet Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
Were you able to make out this poem? Look at the first letter in each line, i.e., A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J. When the first letter of each line shows the alphabet in chronological order, you have Alphabet Poetry. This means that Answer (b) is correct
7.
(Name) _________________
Was born in ______________
At ___________________ hospital
Was named after ____________________
Whose first friend was _______________
Who wants to become a ___________
Acrostic Poetry
Color Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
Alphabet Poetry
When a poem is generally about yourself and includes filling in blanks, it is known as an Autobiographical Poem. As we can clearly see that here, Answer (c) is correct
8.
Orange is the hot pizza that
Burns your throat.
Orange is a great text book.
Orange is the best.
Orange is the color of a
Kansas pencil.
Orange is an ice-cream.
Orange is the best.
Orange is a nice, beautiful bug.
Orange is a bag of
Sweet candy.
ORANGE IS THE BEST!
(by Cash)
Autobiographical Poetry
Color Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Name Poetry
In this poem the central theme is about the color orange. It describes orange using the sense of smell, taste, feelings and looks. Therefore, this is an example of Color Poetry making Answer (b) correct
9.
Love that is lost and gone on its way
Opens the door for pain and agony, "I'm here to stay."
Sorrow and loneliness, "Oh God how it hurts."
Stress along with emptiness, that’s how it works.
(by Sam Casey)
Epitaph Poetry
Autobiographical Poetry
Alphabet Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Were you able to figure this poem out? Look at the first letter in each line, i.e., L O S S. When we see this style we have an Acrostic poem, also known as a “name poem.” Here the name is “LOSS” and Answer (d) is correct
10.
A beaver can construct a
Big dam that will
Cause a lot of
Damage to the surrounding areas.
Everyone seems to agree that
Future debate is needed to
Garner a positive solution.
Alphabet Poetry
Color Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Epitaph Poetry
Were you able to make out this poem? Look at the first letter in each line, i.e., A-B-C-D-E-F-G. When the first letter of each line shows the alphabet in chronological order, you have Alphabet Poetry. This means that Answer (a) correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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