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.

No Pencil
Mr. Yes and Mr. No
Lousy Catcher’s Mitt
Rudy Tude
My Brother’s a Genius
The Man from Timbuktu by Kenn Nesbitt
The Man From Timbuktu
What a Trip!
I’ll Never
I Like My Triangular Kitten
I Sat Down On a Seesaw
Broccoli for Breakfast
There’s a Witch Outside My Window
Gobble, Gobble Went the Turkey
I’ve Got a Secret
I Think, ACHOO!, I Have the Flu
Forty Purple Porpoises
Poor Mrs. Cusick
Christmas Has Its Ups and Downs