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 More obscene versions of the poem portray the protagonist as well-endowed or hypersexualized. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 The end of the poem reads, quod amantem iniuria talis / cogit amare magis, sed bene velle minus. Jhumpa Lahiri, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2021 One of my favorite works of the transfeminine epistolary is an unpublished poem by Cat Fitzpatrick, a long letter written to her best cis male friend. Jeanne Thornton, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Nov. 2021 Also, the medical community is not prepared to handle the mental health crisis in the Black community, the air is poison, and an essential poem gets a new life as a beautiful short film. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2021 In addition to rebelling against orthodox theology and the ethical motives behind Dante’s poem, works like a 1914 Riccardo Zandonai opera framed Francesca as the protagonist of the affair with Paolo. John-paul Heil, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2021 Lazarus died of cancer in 1887, at only 38, and her obituaries did not mention what would become her most famous poem. Reece Jones, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 Such digressions spin out from a central story of a poet who has come to the rock to write his masterpiece—an epic poem with the same concerns as Sheep Rock itself—and ultimately finds himself at a loss. Matthew Sherrill, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Chip away at poem praising long-running medical drama? Emily Cox, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 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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“Poem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poem. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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