poetic device: Irony

Irony is when what you expect to happen doesn’t occur, but instead results in the opposite action or effect. For example, if someone were run over by an ambulance, or if you went to “Camp Sunshine” and it rained the whole week.

All of these poems have at least one example of irony each, usually at the end of the poem. See if you can figure out what is ironic in each of these poems.

I Raised My Hand in Class
I Ran for the Chapstick
Auntie Gravity
Brand New Shoes
I Only Like People Exactly Like Me
When Daniel Went Dancing
I Tried to Catch a Snowflake
Electronic Christmas
A Reindeer for Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Snow Day
Broken
Christmas Comes But Once a Year
December 26
A Mother Goose Thanksgiving
Our Teacher Sings the Beatles
The Monster Mattress Superstore
Melvin the Mummy
My Brother’s Not a Werewolf
Mr. Brown the Circus Clown
No Pencil
I’m Growing a Truck in the Garden
My Parents Sent Me To the Store
My Pet Germs