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.

Our Magic Toilet
My Brother's Insistent by Kenn Nesbitt
My Brother’s Insistent
Lost and Found by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost and Found
Nicknames
My Virtual Puppy
I Can't Wait for Summer
I Can’t Wait for Summer
Today I Got a Valentine
Tiny Todd the Turtle by Kenn Nesbitt
Tiny Todd the Turtle
Advice from Dracula
My Koala's Not a Doctor by Kenn Nesbitt
My Koala’s Not a Doctor
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
Here’s a Silly Poem
Pickle with Cheddar by Kenn Nesbitt
Pickle with Cheddar
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Chocolate for Breakfast by Kenn Nesbitt
Chocolate for Breakfast
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball
I Think I’d Like to Get a Pet
Valentine’s Day Card
Swinging from the Lights by Kenn Nesbitt
Swinging from the Lights
Thank You, Thanksgiving by Kenn Nesbitt
Thank You, Thanksgiving
The Principal Is Missing
Things You Don’t Need to Know
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
Online Christmas by Kenn Nesbitt
Online Christmas