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 Went out Exploring by Kenn Nesbitt
I Went out Exploring
Crash Bang Boom by Kenn Nesbitt
Crash! Bang! Boom!
I Didn’t Go Camping
Pelican
Mirror, Mirror by Linda Knaus and Kenn Nesbitt
Mirror, Mirror
Somewhere Sometime by Kenn Nesbitt
Somewhere Sometime
My Sister’s Pretty Picky
Digging for Diamonds by Kenn Nesbitt
Digging for Diamonds
My Favorite Food Is Broccoli
My Ice Cream Is Melting by Kenn Nesbitt
My Ice Cream Is Melting
My Mirror Likes to Argue
An Echo in My Room
I’m Building a Rocket
Glurp the Purple Alien
Mr. Obvious
My Dog Plays Invisible Frisbee
My Robot’s Misbehaving
A Sheep is Asleep On My Sofa
The All-Bean Diet
My Kitty Likes My Goldfish
Bouncing Off the Windows
Be Grateful for Your Epidermis by Kenn Nesbitt
Be Grateful for Your Epidermis
Bigfoot’s Bewilderment
My Dog’s Name Is “Cat”