poetic device: List Poems

A “list poem” is a poem that incorporates some kind of list, often in the middle of the poem. It can be a list of objects, actions, ideas, or even words or people. If you’d like to learn to write your own list poems, check out this lesson.

All of these poems are list poems to some degree. Many of them are pure list poems, while others have a small list somewhere in the poem.

Mrs. Mandy's Candy Shop by Kenn Nesbitt
Mrs. Mandy’s Candy Shop
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
Swinging from the Lights by Kenn Nesbitt
Swinging from the Lights
Opposite Day
Bob’s Job
Sunday’s Somewhat Melancholy
I Played a Game
Dear Santa, Did You Get My Tweet?
Things You Don’t Need to Know
Random Recipe by Kenn Nesbitt
Random Recipe
Not-So Fast Food
I’m Staying Home From School Today
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
My Sister Should Be an Explorer
Xbox, Xbox
Saturday's My Lazy Day by Kenn Nesbitt
Saturday’s My Lazy Day
I’d Like to Meet an Alien
Today I Decided to Make Up a Word
My Smartphone Isn’t Very Smart
I’ve Started Learning Honkish
My Senses All are Backward
The Headless Horseman's Hattery by Kenn Nesbitt
The Headless Horseman’s Hattery
My Teacher Calls Me Sweetie Cakes
My Lunch