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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

rabbit and pork
rabbiting on
rabble rouser
race war
rack and ruin
rack my brain
rack your brains
radiant bride
radical chic
rag tag and bobtail
ragged edges
rags to riches
rain dance
rain on my parade
rain or shine
rained on her parade
rained on his parade
rained on their parade
raining buckets
raining cats and dogs
raining pitchforks
raining stair-rods
rainy day money
rainy days
raise cain
raise the bar
raise the dead
raise the roof
raising cain
raking in the dough
raking in the money
raking it in
rally round
random noise
rank and file
rank outsider
rapid response
rapturous applause
rare breed
raspberry tart
rat hole
rat on
rat race
rat-arsed
rattle the rafters
rattle trap
rattle your cage
raw end of the deal
raw end of the deal the
raze to the ground
re-inventing the wheel
reached an agreement
reached new heights
read between the line
read between the lines
read it and weep
read my lips
read the fine print
read the handwriting on the wall
read the riot act
read you the riot act
reading between the lines
reading the riot act
ready and willing
real deal
real gulley washer
real mccoy
real mccoy the
real toad strangler
really cool
really pleased
really wicked
reap what you sew
reap what you sow
reasoned debate
rebel yell
record breaking
record player
red as a beet
red as a beetroot
red carpet
red carpet treatment
red carpet treatment the
red faces
red herring
red in tooth and claw
red letter day
red light
red light district
red neck
red rag to a bull
red roses
red sky at night
red sky in the morning
red sky in the morning sailor's warning; red sky
red tape
red-faced
redirected mail
reduction in numbers
refused to cooperate
reign supreme
reigns supreme
reins of government
reinvent the flat tire
reinvent the flat tire don't
reinvent the wheel
reinvent the wheel don't
relative ignorance
relatively straightforward
religion is the opium of the people
remain optimistic
remember the alamo
reopen an old wound
repeat performance
Repo Man
rest assured
rest on your laurels
rest your weary bones
resting on one's laurels
resting on your laurels
retirement package
reverse the decision
rhyme nor reason
rhyme or reason
rich and famous
richard of york gave battle in vain
richard the third
riding on
riding shotgun
riding the wild pony
riend in need is a friend indeed
rifle for an arm
rifle fornrm
right and proper
right as rain
right hook
right image
right mess
right now
right of centre
right on
right on target
right on the button
right on the money
right on the nose
right pig's ear
right shambles
right stuff
right thing
right up your alley
right wanker
rights and wrongs
ring a bell
ring a ring o'roses a pocketful of posies atishoo
ring down the curtain
ring in the new year
ring of truth
ring the changes
ring your bell
ring-fencing
rings a bell
rinky-dink
riot squad
rip off
rip off artist
ripe old age
ripped me off
ripped off
ripped to shreds
rise and shine
rising tide
rising tide lifts all boats
rising tide lifts all boats the
rising to the bait
road apples
road less traveled
road less traveled the
road less travelled
road of life is all uphill
road rage
road runner
road to hell is paved with good intentions
roar of the crowd
roaring fire
rob peter to pay paul
robbery with violence
robbing bastard
robbing peter to pay paul
rock a billy
rock and a hard place
rock and roll
rock bottom
rock of Gibraltar
rock the boat
rocket science
rog in my throat
roll call
roll of the dice
roll out the red carpet
roll over
roll over in his grave
roll over in the grave
roll up
roll with the punches
rolling along
rolling in the dough
rolling in the dough to be
rolling stone gathers no moss
rollover on
rome wasn't built in a day
room at the top
room for improvement
room to swing a cat
root and branch
rooted to the spot
rose by any other name
rose by any other name would smell as sweet
roses are red
rot has set in
rotten to the core
rough and ready
rough and tumble
rough around the edge
rough around the edges
rough as a cob
rough justice
rough passage
rough road
round about
round robin
round the bend
round up
route one
routine enquiries
rub it in
rub me the wrong way
rub salt in the wound
rub salt in the wounds
rub the wrong way
rub your nose in it
rubbing salt in his wounds
rube goldberg contraption
rubs me the wrong way
rule of thumb
rule with an iron fist
ruled out
ruled the roost
ruleproposal of thumb
rules are made to be broken
rules of engagement
run a mile
run amok
run and hide
run circle around
run circles around
run for your money
run it into the ground
run it past me
run it up the flag pole
run like hell
run like the wind
run of the mill
run out of steam
run the gamut
run the gauntlet
run the guantlet
run very deep
run with the fox and bark with the hounds
runaway reaction
running a bit late
running a risk
running against the tide
running around in circles
running around like a chicken with it's head cut o
running battles
running dog lackey
running in circles
running on empty
running scared
running water
running with wolves
runs like a top
rushed for time
rushed to the scene