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.

My Virtual Puppy
I Can't Wait for Summer
I Can’t Wait for Summer
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
Today I Got a Valentine
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Valentine’s Day Card
Advice from Dracula
Chocolate for Breakfast
Thank You, Thanksgiving
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
Here’s a Silly Poem
The Principal Is Missing
I Played a Game
Swinging from the Lights by Kenn Nesbitt
Swinging from the Lights
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
November Is upon Us
The Cough
What to Remember in School
I Wrote This Little Poem
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
My Senses All are Backward
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
This Poem’s Not About a Dog