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What is Repetition?


Repetition is when a word or sentence is placed more than once within a poem.

Examples of Repetitions

Using a refrain in a poem.

Putting a chorus in a poem.

An echo verse has repetition when the word or syllable at the end of a line is repeated as a response in the next line.

A Kennings poem can have a repeated rhyme all the way through.

Repetition is used in poetry to help the poem become interesting. Repetition is used to help create a pattern within a poem.

Why don't you try writing a poem using repetition and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry types other than shape poems visit our poetry glossary – poetry terms.

Poetry Terms

Adjective Kenning Poetry Slam Rhythm
Alliteration Metaphor Powerful Verbs Simile
Anthology Meter Prose Stanza
Assonance Onomatopoeia Refrain Syllable
Chorus Oxymoron Repetition Synonym
Consonance Personification Rhyme Verb
Envoi Poetry Rhyming Couplet Verse
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