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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Examples of poem in a Sentence

He wrote a poem about his parents. your assignment is to write two poems about springtime
Recent Examples on the Web Some words from the poem were incorporated into the design. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 And with that disclaimer, a title borrowed from a John Donne poem, and a dignified buff jacket ornamented only by a small drawing of a dove, Harper & Brothers published Gunther’s Death Be Not Proud in February 1949 in a modest print run. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 Each episode in the series takes its title from a Dickinson poem. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 In the poem a peddler cuts away some of the clothes of a sleeping old lady, who then cannot recognize herself. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 With a voiceover rife with potent pauses, her cadence sounds for a moment like a spoken word poem. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 Hopefully, The Green Knight will endure for years to come, just like the poem it's based on — a true epic in every sense of the word. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 15 Mar. 2022 In the poem, the narrator describes being an 8-year-old visiting Baltimore. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 In the poem, Arden is a fisherman stranded on a desert island for more than 10 years. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Poem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poem. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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