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.

A Shark is a Pet
Cara’s Parrot
Forty Purple Porpoises
The Dragons of Monster Town
A Pair of Potatoes Were Talking
If You Ever Meet an Elephant
Molly Has a Myna Bird
The Size of Yankee Stadium
Buckaroo Huck