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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Examples of poem in a Sentence

He wrote a poem about his parents. your assignment is to write two poems about springtime
Recent Examples on the Web The minute readers try to grasp onto traditional notions of subject matter, the poem swerves linguistically, forcing us to find meaning in the substance of sound, of movement. New York Times, 30 June 2022 Gosling played an inebriated narrator of The Night Before Christmas poem, while Mendes played his wife, asleep in bed. Jolene Latimer, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 Meticulously detailed endnotes supply every poem’s bibliographical history and track Auden’s obsessive tinkerings and revisions. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 The poem ended with a powerfully ironic line that may resonate with those now arguing for stronger action on climate change: The world is busy with other news. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2022 By the third stanza the poem veers into a lament for the glory that was Greece and a contempt of its modern decadence under foreign tyranny. Susan J. Wolfson, The Atlantic, 18 June 2022 Th poem is written on her gravestone in its entirety, her father said. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2022 The poem spread rapidly, virally among Allied soldiers and staff, then worldwide after its first publication that December. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2022 After seeing a photo of Robb Elementary School students’ backpacks lined up in a row in Uvalde, Texas — never to be picked up again by the 19 students who were killed in another mass shooting — the 15-year-old penned this poem. Mariam Azeez, Hartford Courant, 27 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poem. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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