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[poh-uh m] /ˈpoʊ əm/
a composition in verse, especially one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject.
composition that, though not in verse, is characterized by great beauty of language or expression:
a prose poem from the Scriptures; a symphonic poem.
something having qualities that are suggestive of or likened to those of poetry:
Marcel, that chicken cacciatore was an absolute poem.
Origin of poem
1540-50; < Latin poēma < Greek poíēma poem, something made, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -ma suffix denoting result Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poem
  • The poem was probably composed in the seventh or eighth century and spread primarily through song or spoken verse.
  • It is so interesting to see how everyone interprets the economy through poem.
  • Key to write a poem that would become the lyrics to the national anthem.
  • He is continually moving away from the poem at hand to another and another after that.
  • He speaks of what a poem does for its author, restoring something to the self.
  • In each round, each of two contenders has up to five minutes to read a poem.
  • Each poem has to have a reason for being in the book, and for being in that particular place within it.
  • Unfortunately, the link doesn't go into the content of the poem much.
  • She described how electrifying it was to hear that poem read aloud.
  • People have been arguing about this gorgeous little tone poem since it was released two weeks ago.
British Dictionary definitions for poem


a composition in verse, usually characterized by concentrated and heightened language in which words are chosen for their sound and suggestive power as well as for their sense, and using such techniques as metre, rhyme, and alliteration
a literary composition that is not in verse but exhibits the intensity of imagination and language common to it: a prose poem
anything resembling a poem in beauty, effect, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin poēma, from Greek, variant of poiēma something composed, created, from poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for poem

1540s (replacing poesy in this sense), from Middle French poème (14c.), from Latin poema "composition in verse, poetry," from Greek poema "fiction, poetical work," literally "thing made or created," early variant of poiema, from poein, poiein, "to make or compose" (see poet). Spelling pome, representing an ignorant pronunciation, is attested from 1856.

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