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.

Can’t Sleep
I Named My Dogs the Strangest Names by Kenn Nesbitt
I Named My Dogs the Strangest Names
Gordon’s Garden
My Favorite Words by Kenn Nesbitt
My Favorite Words
Auntie Gravity
My Mother Makes Prickly Pear Pastries by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Makes Prickly Pear Pastries
My Mouse is Rather Fond of Cheese by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mouse is Rather Fond of Cheese
The Horsemen Are Headless this Evening by Kenn Nesbitt
The Horsemen Are Headless this Evening
Jake the Yo-Yo Maker
Floyd the Coin Collector
Lucky Lou by Kenn Nesbitt
Lucky Lou
The Monsters' Musical Contest by Kenn Nesbitt
The Monsters’ Musical Contest
The Werewolf’s Undergarment Store