poem

noun po·em \ ˈpō-əm , -im , ˈpōm also ˈpȯ(-)im , ˈpō-ˌem \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of poem

1 : a composition in verse
2 : 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 in a Sentence

  1. He wrote a poem about his parents.

  2. your assignment is to write two poems about springtime

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Origin and Etymology of poem

Middle French poeme, from Latin poema, from Greek poiēma, from poiein


POEM Defined for English Language Learners

poem

noun

Definition of poem for English Language Learners

  • : 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


POEM Defined for Kids

poem

noun po·em \ ˈpō-əm \

Definition of poem for Students

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


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