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.

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Popular Cliches

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
back stabber
baited breath
baptism by fire
bated breath
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
beauty is only skin deep
big heart
broken heart
cry over spilled milk
do you feel me
does my heart good
driving me crazy
endless words
everything's coming up roses
faint heart never a true love knows
fall head over heels
fall through the cracks
fan the flames
far as the eye can see
grass is always greener
grass is always greener on the other side
hang in there
have a heart
heart breaker
heavy heart
hollow soul
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
rose by any other name
roses are red
sands of time
season's greetings
shadow of my soul
silence is golden
solitary soul
soul full of longing
soul full of sorrow
soul of discretion
spice of life
star crossed lovers
stars like diamonds
stop and smell the roses
tender as a mother's heart
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
violets are blue
waiting for the dust to settle
waiting for your ship to come in
weary heart
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

abandon ship
ablaze with light
abour of love
about face
about the same
about time
above and beyond the call of duty
above board
absence makes the heart grow fonder
absolute disgrace
absolute power corrupts absolutely
absolutely conclusive
absolutely fantastic
accidents will happen
according to plan
according to the experts
ace in the hole
ace up his sleeve
achilles heel
acid test
acorn doesn't fall far from the tree
across the board
act of faith
act the fool
act the giddy goat
action and reaction
action speak louder than word
actions speak louder than words
ad egg
add insult to injury
admission of failure
advance warning
afraid of his own shadow
after all is said and done
after my own heart
after the break
against all odds
against the grain
against the odds
ages ago
agricultural crops
ahead of his time
aim for the stars
aim high
aiming high
ain't that the pot calling the kettle black
air of the dog that bit you
air space
air time
air your dirty laundry
airing dirty laundry
alive and well
all bent out of shape
all bets are off
all change
all clear
all dressed up and nowhere to go
all ears
all fingers and thumbs
all for a good cause
all for one
all for one and one for all
all fun and games
all get out
all hands on deck
all hands to the pump
all heck breaks loose
all hell breaks loose
all hell broke loose
all in a day's work
all in due time
all in one
all in the same boat
all is for the best
all is vanity
all is well that ends well
all men are created equal
all my heart
all or nothing
all over the map
all paled in comparison
all right then
all roads lead to rome
all talk
all talk and no action
all that glitter is not gold
all that glitters isn't gold
all that jazz
all the bits and pieces
all the time
all the world's a stage
all thumbs
all time great
all to the good
all wet
all wind and piss
all work and no play
all work and no play makes jack a dull boy
all work no play
all wrapped up in a bow
all your eggs in one basket
all's fair in love and war
all's well that ends well
almighty dollar
almost certain
almost it
already got one paw on the chicken coop
altitude is determined by attitude
always a bridesmaid
always a bridesmaid never the bride
always look on the bright side
always remembered
am i my brother's keeper
ambulance chaser
american as apple pie
an act of faith
an apple a day keeps the doctor away
an arm and a leg
an army of one
an axe to grind
an earful
an eternity
an idle mind is the devil's playground
an ill wind
an oldie but a goodie
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
and that's that
and then you die
and we're not just whistling dixie
and you can take that to the bank
angry crowd
angry reaction
ankle deep
annoying habit
another day another dollar
another nail in the coffin
another way of saying it
another work day done
ants in his pants
any friend of yours is a friend of mine
any point
any port in a storm
anything go
anything goes
anything is possible
appearances can be deceptive
apple a day keeps the doctor away
apple and oranges
apple doesn't fall far from the tree
apple doesn't fall too far from the cart
apple of discord
apple of my eye
apples to apples
apply yourself
are you a man or a mouse
are you fair dinkum
are you gellin
area of concern
areas of agreement
arm and a leg
arm's length
armchair quarterback
armed to the teeth
arms fair
arms race
army brat
army of one
around the back
around the clock
around the corner
around the horn
art imitates life
artfully vague
artificially high
artistic licence
as the case may be
as the crow flies
as usual
ashes to ashes
ashes to ashes dust to dust
ask me no questions and i'll tell you no lies
ask not what your country can do for you
ask the question
asking price
asleep at the wheel
ass backwards
ass over tea kettle
assassination attempt
atta boy
atta girl
attractive offer
audience ratings
aunt Sally
avoid like the plague
awaiting further developments
aware of the potential
awkward dilemma
ax to grind
axe to grind