po·em | \ˈpō-əm, -im, ˈpōm also ˈpȯ(-)im, ˈpō-ˌem \

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


lyric, 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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Located at the center, the Irish American Writers and Artists Club has 15 members of all ages who attend a monthly salon to read poems or present a segment of their work. Laura A. Hobson, Cincinnati.com, "Columbia Tusculum center celebrates Irish arts, culture," 26 June 2018 Not all the poems dwell on the bleakness of their journeys north and confinement since. CBS News, "Some young immigrants at detention center cope through poetry," 22 June 2018 But many people took the language used as being hateful, creating the opposite reaction desired by the poem’s author. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "In Aurora, a library display and City Council remark put spotlight on freedom of speech," 21 May 2018 And where did that one poem that became Far Apart, Close in Heart originally come from? John Timpane, Philly.com, "We (Too) Are Philly: This summer's hottest literary festival continues with an installment Thursday," 10 July 2018 Filled with 288 pages of unreleased poems and illustrations plucked from the 31-year-old’s graph-paper journals, the collection offers rare insight into how a Florence + The Machine song comes to be. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Inside Florence Welch's 'Useless Magic', Her Upcoming Book Of Poems and Illustrations: First Look," 29 June 2018 Seiwert dug into the music, choreographing the feeling of it rather than its rhythms and notes; the result was more movement poem than story, an imperfect and very rewarding gamble. Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "SF choreographer Amy Seiwert’s risky Sketch lab pays off," 29 June 2018 There's an old medieval poem that says where true love is found, God himself is there. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Bishop Michael Curry's sermon -- the full text," 19 May 2018 There's an old medieval poem that says, where true love is found, god himself is there. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Bishop Michael Curry's Wedding Sermon," 19 May 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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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


po·em | \ˈpō-əm \

Kids Definition of poem

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

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