poetic device: Repetition

Repetition in poetry is when you repeat individual words, phrases, lines, or entire stanzas throughout the poem. Repetition gives extra strength or emphasis to the idea being repeated.

For example, you might start all of many of the lines of a poem with the same words, such as “I’ll never” or “I can’t wait for.” Or you might repeat a single line more than once to emphasize the point, as in the ending of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” You can even repeat an entire stanza more than once; this is called a chorus or a refrain.

If you would like to write your own repetition poems, read this fun poetry-writing lesson.

All of these poems include repetition. Read a few and see if you like repetition in poems.

I Can’t Wait for Summer
My Virtual Puppy
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
Nicknames
Today I Got a Valentine
Thank You, Thanksgiving
What to Remember in School
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Chocolate for Breakfast
Valentine’s Day Card
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
I Played a Game
November Is upon Us
Swinging from the Lights
The Cough
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
Today’s My Favorite Holiday
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
This Poem’s Not About a Dog
Minecraft Mike
Coal in My Stocking
My Legs Both Understand Me
I Didn’t Go Camping
Advice from Dracula