poem

noun
po·​em | \ ˈpō-əm How to pronounce poem (audio) , -im, ˈpōm also ˈpȯ(-)im, ˈpō-ˌem How to pronounce poem (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for poem

Synonyms

lyric, rune, song, verse

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Examples of poem in a Sentence

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

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Alex himself once aspired to be a writer and produced a volume of poems—and that was it. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Late in the Day’ Review: And Then They Were Three," 11 Jan. 2019 That’s because, as Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy points out, the oral tradition of these poems was not a matter of rote memorization. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 One soprano declaims these words while another sings settings of poems by Rebecca Elson, who tells of a similar struggle, in more oblique terms. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Meet the Author Larry Touissaint Garlington: Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Touissaint Garlington, author of My Music Book, a collection of poems inspired by some of the most treasured productions of all time. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 19 June 2018 Play with words on our word wall to get your creative juices flowing, then make your own book of poems. Sun-Sentinel.com, "events by county," 28 Mar. 2018 Next to him is an anthology of Mary Oliver’s poems. Time, "Meet Tom Steyer, The Man Running a Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump," 25 Jan. 2018 Armantrout’s poems are never difficult for difficulty’s sake. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 12 Nov. 2018 Conspicuously enough, the poem is about the price of false identities, of the veils people graft onto themselves out of fright, or survival, or merely cowardice. Jason Parham, WIRED, "On Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Breaks Out of Her Android Persona," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poem

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poem

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

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poem

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English Language Learners Definition of poem

: 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

noun
po·​em | \ ˈpō-əm How to pronounce poem (audio) \

Kids Definition of poem

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

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