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 Mother Drives Me Everywhere
My Sister Should Be an Explorer
The Cough
November Is upon Us
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
I Wrote This Little Poem
My Senses All are Backward
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
I Got a New Game for My Brother by Kenn Nesbitt
I Got a New Game for My Brother
This Poem’s Not About a Dog
Octopus for Lunch
Coal in My Stocking
What to Remember in School
My Legs Both Understand Me
Sing a Silly Dancing Song by Kenn Nesbitt
Sing a Silly Dancing Song
Minecraft Mike
Toucan Can-Can by Kenn Nesbitt
Toucan Can-Can
Today’s My Favorite Holiday
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Don't Ever Bite Your Sister by Kenn Nesbitt
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sister
Pelican
I Didn’t Go Camping
Mirror, Mirror by Linda Knaus and Kenn Nesbitt
Mirror, Mirror
Somewhere Sometime by Kenn Nesbitt
Somewhere Sometime