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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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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

nail biter
nail that sticks up gets hammered down
nail your colours to the mast
naked as a jaybird
naked as the day you were born
naked as the day you were born as
naked eye
naked truth
namby-pamby
name and shame
name that tune
name will be mudd
name your poison
nanby pamby
nary a word was spoken
nasty brutish and short
nasty taste in the mouth
nation of shopkeepers
natural energy
natural order
natural wastage
nature's first green is gold
ne'er cast a clout till may be out
near and dear to my heart
near miss
near thing
neat as a pin
necessary evil
necessity is the mother of invention
neck and neck
need the money
need to know
need to know basis
needle in a hay stack
needle in a haystack
needle to say
needless to say
needs must
neighbourhood watch
neither a borrower nor a lender be
neither a borrower not a lender be
neither fish nor flesh nor good red herring
neither fish nor fowl
neither here nor there
nerve ending
nerve gas
nerve wracking
nerves of steel
nervous and distraught
nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof
nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of roc
nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
nervous as a whore in church
nervous wreck
never a dull moment
never a lender or a borrower be
never again
never been found
never cast a clout till may be out
never give a sucker an even break
never hurts to try
never in a month of sundays
never knowingly undersold
never look back
never pet a burning dog
never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
never say die
never say never
never take a shower with a cat duct taped to your
never the twain shall meet
never too late
never-never land
new age
new age thinking
new beginnings
new broom
new campaign
new direction
new identity
new image
new information
new kid on the block
new lease on life
new look
new record
new to you
new world order
news to me
next of kin
next stop
next time around
nice as ninepence
nice cage no bird
nice day for a picnic
nice guys finish last
nice kettle of fish
nice one
nice play shakespeare
nice round number
nice try
nice work if you can get it
nick of time
nickel-and-dime
night and day
night and day like
night is young and so are we
nine day wonder
nine days' wonder
nine lives
nine out of ten
nip and tuck
nip in the bud
nip it in the bud
nitty-gritty
no accounting for taste
no alternative
no argument
no brainer
no chance
no change
no choice
no comment
no dice
no effect
no free lunches
no go
no guts
no guts no glory
no hold barred
no holds barred
no horse in this race
no idea
no if's
no if's and's or but's about it
no love lost
no man is an island
no man's land
no more cakes and ale
no names no pack-drill
no need to reinvent the wheel
no news is good news
no offence
no offence intended
no oil painting
no one here but us chickens
no one understands me
no option
no pain
no pain no gain
no point in crying over spilt milk
no problem
no regrets
no rest for the wicked
no room at the inn
no room to swing a cat
no sense of humour
no sh#t sherlock
no skin off my back
no skin off my nose
no smoke without fire
no stone unturned
no string attached
no strings attached
no sweat
no takers
no thanks
no time like the present
no turning back
no use crying over spilled milk
no way
no way jos‚
no way jose
no worries
no-brainer
nobody at home
nock-back
nod off
noise control
none of your business
none the worse for wear
none too pleased
noodle on
nook and cranny
normal service
nose in front
nose in the air
nose in the air to have your
nose to the grindstone
nosy Parker
not a hope in hell
not a minute's peace
not a problem
not a spinning wheel in the kingdom and then you p
not all it's cracked up to be
not arsed
not at all
not by the hair of my chinny chin chin
not convinced
not enough of me to go around
not enough room to swing a cat
not even
not fit to hold a candle
not for all the tea in china
not for nothing but
not in a million years
not in my back yard
not in my backyard
not in one's wildest dreams
not just another pretty face
not just whistling dixie
not my cup of tea
not necessarily
not on your tintype
not playing with a full deck
not rowing with both oars
not the brightest bulb
not the brightest crayon in the box
not the destination
not the end of the world
not the ghost of a chance
not the sharpest crayon in the box
not the sharpest knife in the cabinet
not the sharpest knife in the drawer
not the sharpest pencil in the box
not the sharpest tool in the shed
not tonight jos‚phine
not up to scratch
not what it's cracked up to be
not worth a hill of beans
not worth a plugged nickel
not worth a whistle
not worth the candle
not written in stone
nothing can be done
nothing doing
nothing is certain but death and taxes
nothing is impossible for those who don't have
nothing new under the sun
nothing personal
nothing succeeds like success
nothing to fear but fear itself
nothing to it
nothing to lose
nothing to sneeze at
nothing to write home about
nothing up my sleeve
nothing ventured
nothing ventured nothing gained
noughts and crosses
now and again
now and then
now is the hour
now is the winter of our discontent
now or never
now or never it's
now this won't hurt a bit
now we're cooking
now's as good a time as any
now's your chance
nth degree
nul points
numb as a hake
number one fan
numbers game
numerous to mention
nutty as a fruitcake