poetic device: List Poems

A “list poem” is a poem that incorporates some kind of list, often in the middle of the poem. It can be a list of objects, actions, ideas, or even words or people. If you’d like to learn to write your own list poems, check out this lesson.

All of these poems are list poems to some degree. Many of them are pure list poems, while others have a small list somewhere in the poem.

My Smartphone Isn’t Very Smart
My Senses All are Backward
My Teacher Calls Me Sweetie Cakes
The Headless Horseman's Hattery by Kenn Nesbitt
The Headless Horseman’s Hattery
I’ve Started Learning Honkish
My Lunch
Santa Brought a Bar of Soap
My Mother Said to Do My Chores by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Said to Do My Chores
Melinda Made a Snowman
This Poem’s Not About a Dog
Christmas Shopping
My Legs Both Understand Me
Wayne the Stegosaurus
What to Remember in School
Octopus for Lunch
I Don’t Know What to Do Today
I Raised My Hand in Class by Kenn Nesbitt
I Raised My Hand in Class
Mammals by Kenn Nesbitt
I Went to the Doctor
This Winter I Went Sledding
That Explains It!
I Went out Exploring by Kenn Nesbitt
I Went out Exploring
A Dream of School Supplies
Gerbil, Gerbil, On the Run