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
He wrote a poem about his parents.
your assignment is to write two poems about springtime
Recent Examples of poem from the Web
There was a poem reading, musical performance and speeches, just like at every University graduation.
More on health: Model Myla Dalbesio's Body-Positive Poem:
Poems copyright © 2002, 2012, 2017 by Steve Straight CT Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin selects work for CT Poets Corner by invitation.
The poem, from our January 1998 issue, comprises an intimate familial scene and powerful frankness reminiscent of her best-selling memoirs.
As part of the curriculum, each student crafts an original poem, skit or other piece of performance art set in the historic period when the show takes place.
One street was supposed to be named Satin Wood Drive, after an obscure poem by Amy Lowell.
Written in dialect, the poem follows the drama of a black church spelling bee, complete with flirting, finery, and a narrator who throws the contest so his sweetheart can win.
One of Lauscher's Terezin students reportedly wrote a poem that has been engraved into a plaque that will be erected near the new tree at Northbrook Junior High.
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Origin and Etymology of poem
Middle French poeme, from Latin poema, from Greek poiēma, from poiein
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
POEM Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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