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 spring rain mentioned in the poem turned out to be a real summer rain storm, according to Jones. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Neighborhood talent show mixes fashion, talent and rain for back to school send-off: Valley Views," 23 Aug. 2019 The young woman, now college-aged, had, as an E.O. Smith student in 2017, revealed suicidal thoughts in a poem that a school counselor read. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "In lawsuit, Catholic couple says religious bias drove DCF to remove gay daughter from home," 16 Aug. 2019 Jake wrote to Tana in a poem that announced their wedding date. Aja Romano, Vox, "Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau’s giant YouTuber wedding married reality TV to the internet," 30 July 2019 Chip is creating an ink drawing for each of the poems in the collection, as well as the cover. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al.com, "Alabama’s ‘Father Goose’ is as prolific a poet as ever," 17 July 2019 In Tampa, a tour guide leads Florida Man walking (and drinking) tours, and writer Tyler Gillespie has published an empathetic book of poems about Florida Man, including one inspired by his own DUI. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 As Emily Dickinson says, there are no approximate words in a poem. Amy Sutherland, BostonGlobe.com, "Novelist Julia Alvarez starts her day with poetry – then digs into everything else," 27 June 2019 After her father’s death, Gordon found his copy of Merton’s poems with a translation from the French stapled to the back cover. Garry Wills, Harper's magazine, "Shallow Calls to Shallow," 10 Apr. 2019 Stein offers a shred of hope in the poem’s final few lines, so perhaps this is a relationship that can still be rekindled. David Roderick, SFChronicle.com, "State Lines: A poem by Melissa Stein," 7 June 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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