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.

Thank You, Thanksgiving
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
Chocolate for Breakfast
What to Remember in School
I Can’t Wait for Summer
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
My Legs Both Understand Me
An Echo in My Room
My Dog’s Name Is “Cat”
My Virtual Puppy
The Cough
My Favorite Food Is Broccoli
Minecraft Mike
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
Emilio, Emilio
Coal in My Stocking
November Is upon Us
Glurp the Purple Alien
My Sister’s Pretty Picky
A Sheep is Asleep On My Sofa
Mr. Yes and Mr. No
Mr. Obvious