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.

Lost and Found by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost and Found
Nicknames
My Virtual Puppy
Advice from Dracula
I Can't Wait for Summer
I Can’t Wait for Summer
Today I Got a Valentine
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
Here’s a Silly Poem
Pickle with Cheddar by Kenn Nesbitt
Pickle with Cheddar
Valentine’s Day Card
Chocolate for Breakfast
Thank You, Thanksgiving
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
The Principal Is Missing
Online Christmas by Kenn Nesbitt
Online Christmas
I Played a Game
I Got a New Game for My Brother by Kenn Nesbitt
I Got a New Game for My Brother
Swinging from the Lights by Kenn Nesbitt
Swinging from the Lights
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
My Life Is Turning Downside-Up by Kenn Nesbitt
My World Is Turning Downside-Up
November Is upon Us
The Cough