noun po·em \ˈpō-əm, -im, ˈpōm also ˈp(-)im, ˈpō-ˌem\

: a piece of writing that usually has figurative language and that is written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme

Full Definition of POEM

:  a composition in verse
:  something suggesting a poem (as in expressiveness, lyricism, or formal grace) <the house we stayed in … was itself a poem — H. J. Laski>

Examples of POEM

  1. He wrote a poem about his parents.
  2. <your assignment is to write two poems about springtime>

Origin of POEM

Middle French poeme, from Latin poema, from Greek poiēma, from poiein
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
POEMS Defined for Kids


noun po·em \ˈpō-əm\

Definition of POEM for Kids

:  a piece of writing often having figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme


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