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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He wrote a poem about his parents. your assignment is to write two poems about springtime
Recent Examples on the Web Offscreen, the artist Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh recites an epic poem written by Henrot and the poet Jacob Bromberg, and a propulsive beat composed by Joakim Bouaziz plays in the background. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "“Grosse Fatigue” Tells the Story of Life on Earth," 10 July 2020 It’s based on a poem written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL planning to play ‘Black national anthem’ before Week 1 games, reports indicate," 3 July 2020 The collective of artists, known as Black Art Speaks, designed the mural based off of a poem written by Powell. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "'A gift to the city of Cincinnati': Black Lives Matter! mural unveiled in front of City Hall," 19 June 2020 And also, which is an even rarer opportunity, to make a kind of experimental poem financed by a big corporation. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "YouTube wants your quarantine videos (and more) for Life in a Day 2020," 8 July 2020 What was left after this massive erasure was a double list-poem itemizing the manner of death of every warrior mentioned by name (two hundred and fourteen, by my count), ending with Hector; and an interpolated translation of all the epic similes. Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, "Water Music," 6 July 2020 Named after an ancient Chinese poem, the Tianwen-1 mission consists of an orbiter, lander, and rover, and it is expected to collect samples from the planet's surface. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX faces South Texas review, the Angara A5 costs too much," 3 July 2020 Johnson's brother John Rosamond Johnson set the poem to music in 1899. Jill Martin, CNN, "The NFL plans to play the Black national anthem before Week 1 games," 2 July 2020 The Modern Family actress then said that Leake's poem reminded her of her late brother. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’," 1 July 2020

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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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26 Jul 2020

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“Poem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poem. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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