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