Poem definition

pōəm
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A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.
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A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose.
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A composition in verse rather than in prose.

Wrote both prose and poems.

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An arrangement of words written or spoken: traditionally a rhythmical composition, sometimes rhymed, expressing experiences, ideas, or emotions in a style more concentrated, imaginative, and powerful than that of ordinary speech or prose: some poems are in meter, some in free verse.
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Anything suggesting a poem in its effect.
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The definition of a poem is a collection of words that express an emotion or idea, sometimes with a specific rhythm.

An example of a poem is the children’s rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb.

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A piece of writing in the tradition of poetry, an instance of poetry.
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A piece of poetic writing, that is with an intensity or depth of expression or inspiration greater than is usual in prose.
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A literary piece written in verse.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
poem
Plural:
poems, poms

Origin of poem

  • French poème from Old French from Latin poēma from Greek poiēma from poiein to create kwei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin poÄ“ma, from Ancient Greek ποίημα (poiÄ“ma), from ποιέω (poiÄ“o, “I make").

    From Wiktionary