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 The names of its most advanced vaccines — Soberana 2 suggesting Cuban sovereignty, Abdala taken from a poem by the Cuban independence hero José Martí — appear intended to stir Cuban hearts and minds. Washington Post, "Against the odds, Cuba could become a coronavirus vaccine powerhouse.," 29 Mar. 2021 The name Sweet’N Low came from a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Donald Tober, Marketer of Sweet’N Low, Dies at 89," 16 Jan. 2021 The piece features four wooden barrels meant to evoke depth charges, and a recording of a poem Maury wrote after learning of the South’s surrender. Washington Post, "For the Arcanists, Inc., all the DMV is a stage — for installation/performance art," 7 Apr. 2021 According to The Telegraph, Prince Charles also marked Easter weekend by recording a recitation of a poem to be played during a virtual Easter Sunday service at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Palace Releases Two New Pictures of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at Frogmore House," 4 Apr. 2021 The Prince of Wales is also celebrating the Easter weekend by recording a recitation of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins to be played during a Sunday morning virtual service at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, according to The Telegraph. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles 'Mark the Easter Weekend' with Walk on Frogmore House Grounds," 2 Apr. 2021 Birds chirp on the recording before piano and ethereal synths provide a bed for Faithfull’s recitation of the poem, which describes a woman’s unparalleled grace. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Hear Marianne Faithfull Tenderly Read Lord Byron’s Romantic Poem ‘She Walks in Beauty’," 26 Feb. 2021 But the subject of the poem is not a tiger, real or imagined. Jorge Luis Borges, The Atlantic, "The Other Tiger," 31 Jan. 2021 Here is this week's question: What is the name of the poem delivered by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman at President Biden's inauguration? Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "TALKERS012221," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Poem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poem. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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