poem

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Price collected 134 of her poems, including 50 that were unpublished. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: The sex lives of ‘Three Women’, ‘Opinionated Women’ and Edith Wharton," 11 July 2019 The harsh words of his poem about the princess caused reverberations and speculation throughout royal circles in the Middle East and beyond. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dubai ruler's wife, Princess Haya, goes into hiding in UK and hires divorce lawyer: report," 5 July 2019 At the head of a table in the club’s Champions Grill, he is honored with the prominent placing of one of his poems. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford, Jerome Bettis and the history of Detroit Golf Club," 25 June 2019 Composers react to a poem or libretto, take those words and turn them into songs or operas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mainly Mozart thrills with a rare Mozart cantata and a well-known violinist," 16 June 2019 No animal is injured, thank goodness, in this playful introduction for children ages 3-6 to Blake’s famous poem, which appears unaltered in the endpapers. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales Well Worth Repeating," 15 Feb. 2019 The myth of Icarus, central to the poem, also unifies Hope and Gravity, whose characters experience a variety of falls, both real and metaphoric. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Hope and Gravity' at Plays and Players: Broad strokes, high energy, zigzags from dark to light," 4 May 2018 The aim was to have the students become inspired by intently listening to the poems. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls Schools Celebrate National Poetry Month: Community Voices," 26 Apr. 2018 During the March 26 concert at the Berklee Performance Center, Piraña joined students who performed their own compositions set to Lorca's poems. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Flamenco Percussionist Israel 'Pirana' Suarez Honored by Berklee College of Music," 29 Mar. 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

poem

noun
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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