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


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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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 For his part, Bryant recited a poem shirtless and talked about his young son. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Actress and sales rep from Chicago find love quickly on ABC's 'The Proposal'," 11 July 2018 Warhol eventually added an audio track on which Velvet Underground vocalist Nico, who appeared in some of his other work, recites a poem in her distinctive, haunting voice. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Andy Warhol arrives with a bang this summer in San Antonio," 26 June 2018 Chairman of the East Windsor Veteran's Commission, James Barton, and East Windsor First Selectman Robert Maynard will also make comments and WWII Veteran Stanley Wieliczka will recite a poem. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 15 May 2018 She was recently accused of blasphemy for reciting a poem that implies that traditional Indonesian hairstyles and songs are preferable to headscarves and the call to prayer. The Economist, "How religion shapes elections in Indonesia," 12 Apr. 2018 This father recited a poem about the highs and lows of being a parent. Abby, Houston Chronicle, "Lighthearted poem reminds visitors to use guest towels," 13 Mar. 2018 Wilson was recorded reciting the Scots language poem for use in the animation, and experts in motion capture technology with the Glasgow firm DI4D transferred his facial movements onto a digital rendering of the original model. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Robert Burns lives again in this ultra-realistic animation of the dead poet," 25 Jan. 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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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 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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