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
Valentine’s Day Card
Nicknames
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Today I Got a Valentine
Chocolate for Breakfast
Thank You, Thanksgiving
Swinging from the Lights
What to Remember in School
November Is upon Us
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
I Played a Game
The Cough
The Principal Is Missing
My Senses All are Backward
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
Advice from Dracula
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
This Poem’s Not About a Dog
I Wrote This Little Poem
Minecraft Mike
Today’s My Favorite Holiday