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 Purple Unicorn by Kenn Nesbitt
My Purple Unicorn
Our Magic Toilet
Lost and Found by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost and Found
Everyone's Screaming by Kenn Nesbitt
Everyone’s Screaming
My Virtual Puppy
Tiny Todd the Turtle by Kenn Nesbitt
Tiny Todd the Turtle
I Can't Wait for Summer
I Can’t Wait for Summer
Today I Got a Valentine
Advice from Dracula
I Tried to Play Soccer by Kenn Nesbitt
I Tried to Play Soccer
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
I Slipped on a Banana Peel
My New Remote
I Helped My Mom Make Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
I Helped My Mom Make Dinner
My Koala's Not a Doctor by Kenn Nesbitt
My Koala’s Not a Doctor
I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose
Here’s a Silly Poem
Pickle with Cheddar by Kenn Nesbitt
Pickle with Cheddar
I Think I’d Like to Get a Pet
Things You Don’t Need to Know
Chocolate for Breakfast by Kenn Nesbitt
Chocolate for Breakfast
Rules for School by Kenn Nesbitt
Rules for School
Valentine’s Day Card
Thank You, Thanksgiving by Kenn Nesbitt
Thank You, Thanksgiving