In the poem, “Sleep,” Annie Matheson uses an abundance of figurative language to describe sleep. She paints a vivid picture of the stillness of the night. This is a good piece to display how the use of figurative language strengthens writing.

Learning Objectives

  • (ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4) Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
  • (ELA-Literacy.L.7.5.A) Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.


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