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
My Puppy Likes the Water
Broken
A Reindeer for Christmas
Our Teacher Sings the Beatles
I Never Want to Go to Bed
Ode on a Unicycle
Egg Drop
I Don’t Watch TV
Today I Had a Rotten Day
My Book Report Is Due Today
Homework for Christmas
Electronic Christmas
I Love to Do the Laundry
My Sister Thinks She’s Santa Claus
Charlie Has the Chicken Pox
My Parents Sent Me To the Store
My Dog Is Not the Smartest Dog
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sister
I’m Not Picky
This Morning Is Our History Test
My Mirror Likes to Argue
I Ran for the Chapstick
The Marvelous Homework and Housework Machine