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Poetry Clichés | Cliches in Poetry

A List of Clichés in Poetry. This page contains examples of clichés in poetry and a comprehensive list of clichés . These are clichés and overused sayings you may find in poetry, however,  the exhaustive list of clichés or trite phrases may be found in other forms of writing. It is a good practice to avoid use of these phases in poetry unless used in a completely original way.

Popular Cliches

a broken heart
a hollow soul
a rose by any other name
a solitary soul
a soul full of longing
a soul full of sorrow
a soul of discretion
a weary heart
absence makes the heart grow fonder
actions speak louder than words
after my own heart
all's fair in love and war
apple of my eye
as far as the eye can see
as good as gold
as tender as a mother's heart
as time passes by
back stabber
baited breath
baptism by fire
bated breath
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
beauty is only skin deep
big heart
cry over spilled milk
do you feel me
does my heart good
driving me crazy
endless words
every dog has his day
everything's coming up roses
faint heart never a true love knows
fall head over heels
fall through the cracks
fan the flames
grass is always greener
grass is always greener on the other side
hang in there
have a heart
heart breaker
heavy heart
i can't breathe witout you
i can't live without you
i love you more than
in the nick of time
keep your chin up
kissing the rose
looking into my soul
lost in each others
love is blind
love make the world go round
love's embrace
loves conquers all things
more than meets the eye
more than words can express
my head is spinning
my heart aches for you
my heart clings to you
my heart cries out to you
my heart is a lonely hunter
my heart is aflame
my heart is an open book
my heart is drowning in sorrow
my heart is in my hand
my heart is on fire
my heart is weary
my heart laid bare
my heart longs for you
my heart reached out
my heart sings to you
my heart waits for you
my heart will always be true
my heart will never be free
my heart withered like
my lonely heart
my lonely soul
my open soul
my soul is a shadow
my soul is alone
my soul is on fire
my soul laid bare
my soul reached out
my soul took flight
my stomach is tied up in knots
my tears fell like rain
my wandering soul
my weary soul
no man is an island
no one understands me
one in million
one true love
over and over again
pearls before swine
pounding of his lonely heart
reached new heights
red roses
road less traveled
sands of time
season's greetings
shadow of my soul
silence is golden
spice of life
stars like diamonds
stop and smell the roses
test the waters
thorn in my side
til the end of time
time after time
time and again
time heals all wounds
tip of the iceberg
two hearts
waiting for the dust to settle
waiting for your ship to come in
when all is said and done
wish upon a star
word that was left unspoken
words that were left unspoken
you clawed at my heart
you held onto my heart
you make the sun shine
you set my heart on fire
you tore my heart
you tore out my heart
young and in love
your cheating heart
your lying heart

More Cliches & Poems

babe in the woods
baby blues
baby boomer
back against the wall
back breaker
back from the dead
back handed comment
back in a sec
back in the saddle
back it up
back seat driver
back stabber
back to square one
back to the drawing board
back to the salt mines
backhanded compliment
bad blood
bad call
bad hair day
bad seed
bad to the bone
bad wrap
bag and baggage
bags all packed and ready to go
bait and switch
baited breath
baker's dozen
bald faced liar
ball is in your court
ball of wax
balls out
balls to the wall
banging your head against a brick wall
bank on it
baptism by fire
bare bones
barge right in
barking up the wrong tree
barn burner
basket case
bass ackwards
bat the idea around
bated breath
bats in the belfry
batten down the hatches
be in the same boat
be it ever so humble there's no place like home
be there or be square
bear down
beat a dead horse
beat around the bush
beat it!
beat swords into ploughshares
beat the bushes
beat the street
beats me
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
beauty is only skin deep
bee in her bonnet
bee's knees
been there done that
before you were the gleam in your father's eye
beggars can't be choosers
behind the eight ball
behind the times
belle of the ball
bells and whistles
bend over
bend over backwards
best laid plans of mice and men
best thing since sliced bread
bet it all
bet the farm
bet your bottom dollar
better half
better late than never
better light a candle than curse the darkness
better safe than sorry
better than a kick in the teeth
better than ever
better the devil you know than the devil you don't
between a rock and a hard place
beware the ides of march
big as a house
big as life
big brother is watching
big cheese
big head
big heart
big mouth
big picture
big wig
bigger they are harder they fall
biological clock is ticking
bird in a gilded cage
bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
birds of a feather flock together
bite me
bite off more than you can chew
bite the bullet
bite the dust
bite your lip
bite your tongue
black as pitch
black eye
blast from the past
blaze a new trail
blew him away
blind as a bat
blind leading the blind
blood is thicker than water
blood money
bloom is off the rose
blow a gasket
blow chow
blow chunks
blow it
blow me down
blow the whistle on
blow this joint
blow your brains out
blowing smoke
blue monday
body is still warm
body slam
boils down to
bone chilling cold
bone of contention
bone to pick
bone up on
bored to tears
born with a silver spoon in his mouth
both barrels
both feet on the ground
bottom fell out
bottom line
bottom out
bought the farm
bounce back
bowl someone over
box of birds
box of fluffy ducks
box yourself in
boxed in
boy howdy
boys will be boys
bragging rights
brain drain
brain dump
bread winner
break a leg
break ranks
break the ice
bright as a button
bright future
bring home the bacon
bring it
bring sand to the beach
broke the bank
brown nose
brush off
bubble shy of plumb
buck naked
buck stops here
buckle down
build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door
bum steer
bump in the road
bump on a log
bun in the oven
burn the candle at both ends
burn the midnight oil
burn your bridges
burn your ships
bury the hatchet
busier than a one armed paper hanger
business as usual
business at hand
bust your balls
bust your chops
busting a gut
busy as a bee
butterflies in his stomach
buy in to
buy it for the price of a skinny chicken
buy something for a song
by the book
by the same token