Identify and explain the purpose of hyperbole in a poem.
Explain how hyperbole affects the tone of a poem.
Read “Sick” by Shel Silverstein.
All of the following are examples of hyperbole.
“I cannot go to school today.” (line 1)
“Said little Peggy Anne McKay.” (line 2)
“I’m going blind in my right eye.” (line 6)
“My tonsils are as big as rocks” (line 7)
“And there’s one more—that’s seventeen.” (line 9)
What is the purpose of hyperbole in Silverstein’s poem?
To create emphasis and heighten the emotion
To make the poem lyrical and upbeat
To give human qualities to inanimate things
To make a humorous tone
To clarify the perspective of the poet
Explain how hyperbole helps develop the tone in the poem “Sick” by Silverstein.
Read “I Ate a Spicy Pepper.”
Write your own poem full of hyperboles: