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.

My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
I Finished My Homework
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
All My Great Excuses
When Larry Made Lasagna
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
My iPhone Did My Homework
Ugly Couple
Science Homework
You Can Never Be Too Careful by Kenn Nesbitt
You Can Never Be Too Careful
The Armpit of Doom
The Biggest Burp Ever
My Puppy Plays Piano
That Explains It!
Fancy Dancer
The Toughest Pastry Maker
The Weasel and the Whale
Steve the Superhero
Fearless Frederick
When Pigs Fly
If You Give a Mouse a Motorcycle
The Dancing Baboon of Djibouti
My Brother’s a Genius