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.

I Played a Game
My Sister Should Be an Explorer
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
I Went to a Wishing Well
My World Is Turning Downside-Up by Kenn Nesbitt
My World Is Turning Downside-Up
I Wrote This Little Poem
November is Upon Us by Kenn Nesbitt
November Is upon Us
The Cough
My Senses All are Backward
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
I Got a New Game for My Brother by Kenn Nesbitt
I Got a New Game for My Brother
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard
This Poem’s Not About a Dog
My Legs Both Understand Me
What to Remember in School
Sing a Silly Dancing Song by Kenn Nesbitt
Sing a Silly Dancing Song
Toucan Can-Can by Kenn Nesbitt
Toucan Can-Can
Minecraft Mike
Coal in My Stocking
Octopus for Lunch
I like It When It's Quiet by Kenn Nesbitt
I Like It When It’s Quiet
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Today’s My Favorite Holiday
Don't Ever Bite Your Sister by Kenn Nesbitt
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sister