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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This week: Write a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer that includes at least one of the words used in Round 9 or later of this year’s bee. Washington Post, "Write a short poem — or a Q-A joke — using a National Spelling Bee word," 6 June 2019 McCrae’s poem, published in London’s Punch magazine in December 1915, became an instant success. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 His early work was more formal in tone and inspired by mythology, after the poems of Robert Graves (whose son Merwin tutored in Majorca) and Wallace Stevens. Bridget Read, Vogue, "W.S. Merwin, Prize-Winning Poet and Conservationist, Has Died at 91," 15 Mar. 2019 The British composer ingeniously juxtaposed nine poems of Wilfred Owen, a disillusioned enlisted officer killed in the final days of World War I, with the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ Review: Mixing Sacred and Secular," 30 Nov. 2018 Oldman was awarded Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, while NBA star Bryant won an award for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, the film that was based on his 2015 poem of the same name. refinery29.com, "Gary Oldman's Son Defends His Father Against Abuse Allegations," 7 Mar. 2018 The cultural program also includes intellectual symposia, readings, and mystifying events like Bill Murray reciting the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman while accompanied by a string trio. Alex Halberstadt, Smithsonian, "Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Visit Bavaria," 24 Jan. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex even read a poem at the event and the Duke gave an appeal. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Secretly Attended a Christmas Reception Together," 7 Dec. 2018 Dolphin was aware that members of Kavanaugh’s clique were reciting that poem, according to a person familiar with her thinking. Kate Kelly, The Seattle Times, "Kavanaugh’s yearbook page is ‘horrible, hurtful’ to a woman it named," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of poem was in the 15th century

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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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