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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.

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absence makes the heart grow fonder
actions speak louder than words
after my own heart
another one bites the dust
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
beyond compare
big heart
bittersweet memories
boy inside
brand new day
broken heart
can't live without you
cheating heart
church bells ring
colors of spring
cries go unheard
cruel world
cry over spilled milk
dark of night
darkest of night
darkness of night
dawn to dusk
dead inside
deep within
depth of my soul
depths of my soul
distant memory
distant past
do you feel me
does my heart good
down the drain
driving me crazy
dwell in the past
empty heart
endless words
ends of the earth
eternal flame
eternal love
every passing day
everything's coming up roses
eye of the beholder
faint heart never a true love knows
fall head over heels
fall through the cracks
fan the flames
far as the eye can see
farewell friend
fateful morning
feel alive again
feeling blue
fire burning within
fire in my soul
fish in the sea
fit the mold
flowers bloom
from here to there
glued to a screen
good times and bad
grass is always greener
gray sky
hang in there
hate myself
have a heart
heart aches
heart breaker
heart flutter
heart swells
hearts intertwine
heavy heart
hello darkness
hit rock bottom
hollow soul
honor your memory
keep your chin up
kiss on my neck
kissing the rose
land far away
league of their own
left behind
left too soon
light of my life
light shines down
light up with joy
like it was yesterday
looking into my soul
lost in each others
lost soul
love and war
love is
love is blind
love make the world go round
love of my life
love you more than
love's embrace
loves conquers all things
lying heart
meaning of life
meaningful dialogue
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 hero
my inspiration
my little lamb
my lonely heart
my lonely soul
my open soul
my rock
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
never part
no man is an island
no one understands me
no time flat
old man
one in million
one true love
out like a lamb
over and over again
paid the price
peace of mind
pearls before swine
pounding of his lonely heart
power struggle
question my existence
rain on their parade
raise a glass
reach the sky
reached new heights
red roses
restless soul
road less traveled
romance blooms
rose by any other name
rose colored glasses
roses are red
running the race
sands of time
season's greetings
shadow of my soul
shall never part
shallow grave
shattered heart
silence is golden
sinking feeling
slay the dragon
snow capped mountains
solitary soul
soul full of longing
soul full of sorrow
soul of discretion
souls collide
spell is broken
spice of life
spring rain
star crossed lovers
stars like diamonds
stop and smell the roses
tainted love
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
time is fleeting
time slips away
tip of the iceberg
tossing and turning
true self
two hearts
two lovers
unborn child
unconditional love
unknown soldiers
violets are blue
waiting for the dust to settle
waiting for your ship to come in
walk your own path
warmth of my touch
weak soul
weary heart
when all is said and done
wildest dreams
wiped my tears
wish upon a star
word that was left unspoken
words that were left unspoken
worlds apart
writings on the wall
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 essence

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abandon ship
ablaze with light
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
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 our might
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 same
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'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 love you
always remembered
am i my brother's keeper
ambulance chaser
american as apple pie
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 one bites the dust
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 old as you feel
as young as you feel
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
at arm's length
at loggerheads
at loose ends
at my fingertips
at my wits end
at short notice
at sixes and sevens
at the crack of dawn
at the drop of a hat
at the end of my rope
at the end of the day
at this stage
at wits' end
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
azure skies