poetic device: Hyperbole

Hyperbole means extreme and obvious exaggeration that is not meant to be taken literally. To say “her smile is as bright as the sun” or “this test is taking forever” are examples of hyperbole.

Hyperbole is different than ordinary exaggeration, where you might say “the fish was three feet long” when it was really only two feet long, or “I spent all day doing homework” when you really spent just an hour or two.

In these poems, usually the story itself is hyperbolic, although some may include just a single instance of hyperbole. See if you can find the hyperbole in each of these poems.

I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Science Homework
Science Homework
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
The Biggest Burp Ever
My Brother’s a Genius
Fearless Frederick
The Armpit of Doom
The Toughest Pastry Maker
My Puppy Plays Piano
That Explains It!
When Pigs Fly
Willie's Wart - A Cautionary Tale
Willie’s Wart