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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

same bat time
same song and dance
sands of time
save the drama for your mama
save your breath
say what you will....
say your prayers
scarce as hen's teeth
scared of his own shadow
scraping the bottom of the barrel
season's greetings
second banana
second wind
see eye to eye
see the glass as half empty
see the light
see the whole field
see which way the winds blow
see you later alligator
see's the glass as half full
sell out
sensory overload
separate the men from the boys
separate the wheat from the chaff
serve up a fat pitch
serve up a lollipop
serve up a softball
set the table
seven year itch
shadow of my soul
shake hands with the wife's best friend
shape up or ship out
sharp as a marble
sharp as a tack
she has a great personality
she'll be right
she's a peach
she's been hit with an ugly stick
she's lost her marbles
shed light on
shoe in
shoe is on the other foot
shoestring budget
shoot from the hip
shoot straight
shoot the breeze
shoot the rock
shoot yourself in the foot
shooting fish in a barrel
shooting for the moon
shop talk
short changed
short end of the stick
short fuse
short pleasures are often long regretted
shot across the bow
shot in the dark
shotgun wedding
shove off
show him the door
show me the money!
show some backbone
show some spunk
show them how the cow ate the cabbage
shuffle off this mortal coil
shut out
shut the hole in your head
shut up
shut your hole
shut your mouth
sick as a dog
sick to death of it
silence is golden
silenced the crowd
sing like a bird
sink or swim
sink your teeth into
sit tight
sitting in the catbird seat
six of one (1)
skate on thin ice
skeletons in the closet
slam dunk
slap on the back
slicker than snot on a door knob
slipped through your fingers
slippery slope
sloppy as a soup sandwich
slow and steady wins the race
slow as a wet week
slow as molasses in january
sly as a fox
small potatoes
small world
smell ripe
smoke and mirrors
smoking gun
smooth operator
smooth over
snail's pace
snow job
snowball's chance in hell
so close
so ugly
sod off
solid as a rock
sometimes you are the hydrant
sometimes you are the windshield
son of a b#tch
son of a gun
sound like a broken record
sounds like a plan
soup to nuts
south end of a north bound horse
spare the rod and spoil the child
speak with a forked tongue
spice of life
spinning your wheels
spit in one hand and wish in the other
spitting image
split second
splitting hairs
spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down
spread the word
spruce up
squeaky wheel gets the grease
squeal on
stack the deck
stars like diamonds
state of the art
stay tuned
stem the tide
step on it
stepping on people's toes
stick a fork in it
stick in the mud
stick it in your ear
stick it out
stick it to you
stick it where the sun don't shine
stick to your guns
stick with it
sticks and stones will break my bones
sticky subject
stiff as a board
stitch in time saves nine
stone faced
stone the crows!
stone's throw away
stop and smell the roses
stop him
stop on a dime
stop the presses!
straight arrow
straighten up and fly right
stress out
stretch a dollar
string him along
strong as an ox
stubborn as a mule
stuck out like a sore thumb
stuffed shirt
suck up
sugar in his pants
sugarcoat something
survival of the fittest
swallow one's pride
sweat equity
sweat the details
sweep it under the rug
sweet 16 and never been kissed
sweet deal
sweeten the pot
sweetheart deal
swim against the tide
swim up stream
swim with the sharks
swimming in molasses