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 Sister’s Pretty Picky
Digging for Diamonds by Kenn Nesbitt
Digging for Diamonds
My Favorite Food Is Broccoli
My Mirror Likes to Argue
I’m Building a Rocket
An Echo in My Room
Glurp the Purple Alien
Mr. Obvious
My Dog Plays Invisible Frisbee
My Robot’s Misbehaving
A Sheep is Asleep On My Sofa
The All-Bean Diet
My Kitty Likes My Goldfish
Bouncing Off the Windows
Bigfoot’s Bewilderment
Be Grateful for Your Epidermis by Kenn Nesbitt
Be Grateful for Your Epidermis
Calculator, Calculator by Kenn Nesbitt
Calculator, Calculator
My Dog’s Name Is “Cat”
Emilio, Emilio
Cats in the Kitchen
Learning to Fly by Kenn Nesbitt
Learning to Fly
Don’t Bring Camels in the Classroom
I'm Thankful for Turkey by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Thankful for Turkey
Dreaming of Summer