poetic device: Idioms

An idiom is a common expression that has a different meaning than the literal meaning of the words. For example, to say that someone “kicked the bucket” means that they died, not that they actually kicked a bucket, and to describe something as “a piece of cake” means it is very easy, not a literal slice of cake.

Each of these poems include at least one idiom, often in the final line of the poem, but sometimes more. See if you can find the idioms in each of these poems.

Bob's Job A Funny Soda Poem for Kids
Bob’s Job
Homework, I Love You
I Rode a Rainbow Unicorn
When Chemists Die, They Barium
The Size of Yankee Stadium
A Pair of Potatoes Were Talking
My Brother’s a Genius
The Armpit of Doom
A Shark is a Pet
If You Ever Meet an Elephant
The Dragons of Monster Town
Forty Purple Porpoises