poem

[ poh-uh m ]
/ ˈpoʊ əm /

noun

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
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poem

/ (ˈpəʊɪm) /

noun

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 for poem

C16: from Latin poēma, from Greek, variant of poiēma something composed, created, from poiein to make
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