- 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
Examples from the Web for poem
Distraught, she wrote her poem on the subway on the way to the event.
Uneeb Khan asked in his poem about his quest for answers following the death of his non-Muslim friend.
Each word, from aa to za, gets its own two-page spread with a poem and a pic.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
How much of your family was able to see you read your poem at the inauguration?
You include a story about a poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, really affecting you in your formative years.
His wife followed his example, composing this poem as she died.The Garden of Bright Waters
At last in desperation you embody it in a poem, an essay, a story.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The poem is in four cantos, the first of which is the best, and the most characteristic of the author.Biographical Sketches
As might be anticipated, the poem is in the heroic measure of Pope.
According to Rogers, who claims to have suggested the poem, it was to have been inscribed to him.
- 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 ita prose poem
- anything resembling a poem in beauty, effect, etc
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.