Poetic devices

Poets use many literary devices to take readers on a journey into their imagination. Some devices are easier to recognize than others. Take this quiz to find out how many poetic devices you can identify in these examples from Canadian poets.

1. From “Autobiographical” by A. M. Klein: The phrase “sadness sweet of synagogal hum” is an example of
2. From “fishing lines” by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm: The lines “the wind is bitter, it howls / like an injured wolf, crying / for companionship” are an example of
3. From “The Canadian Authors Meet” by F. R. Scott: The lines “O Canada, O Canada, Oh can / A day go by without new authors springing / To paint the native maple” are an example of
4. From “Solitude” by Archibald Lampman: The lines “The trees / Stand motionless, as if they did not dare / To stir, lest it should break the spell” are an example of
5. From “Letters & Other Worlds” by Michael Ondaatje: The line “My father’s body was a globe of fear” is an example of
6. From “Windigo” by Paulette Jiles: The phrase “like the white light of hydrogen” is an example of
7. From “Prairie Graveyard” by Anne Marriott: The lines “The wind … whines / under its harsh breath on the limp dragged wires” contain an example of
8. From “Tantramar Revisited” by Charles G. D. Roberts: The line “Out of the teeth of the dawn blows back the awakening wind” is an example of