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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English 2016

poem /pom/ n. [countable]


Poetry a piece of writing in verse, esp. one having a highly developed form, offering an
imaginative interpretation of the subject:Many poems have lines that rhyme at the end.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English 2016

poem (pm),

Poetry a composition in verse, esp. 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.

Poetry 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.


Greek poma poem, something made, equivalent. to poi-, variant stem of poien to make
+ -ma suffix denoting result

Latin poma


Collins Concise English Dictionary HarperCollins Publishers::

poem /pm/N

1. 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
2. a literary composition that is not in verse but exhibits the intensity of imagination and
language common to it: a prose poem
3. anything resembling a poem in beauty, effect, etc
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin poma, from Greek, variant ofpoima something composed,
created, from poiein to make

'poem' also found in these entries:

acrostic - Aeneid - Alexandrine - allegory - aubade - ballad - Barbour -Bax - Bent - bucolic - canto - cent
o - chorus - concrete poetry -content - Davies - declaim - ditty - eclogue - elegy - epic - epigram epithalamium - epode - Goldsmith - hymeneal - idyll - improvise -interpret - invocation - jabberwocky - Je
an de Meung - Jimnez Kazantzakis - key - lament - Langland - lay - lied - Lorelei - Lucan - lyric- Mahabharata - Maldon - Meredi
th - mock-heroic - monody - narrative -nocturne - ode

Forum discussions with the word(s) "poem" in the title:

*He has written another poem ever since he came home.

a hundred-line poem
A Piece of Poem
a poem from A. Pope
A poem without verbs
A poem- "knowing how you had to steal"
a prayer versed in poetic frames/prayer poem
An attempt to ---- a poem should never be made
angered by a casual reference to himself in the poem
can 'extract' as a noun be used with one of the stanzas in a poem?
Can Anyone Simplify This Poem for me?
Can you recite a poem you haven't learnt?
cat from the poem
catch on to the Chinese poem
chanted a poem
Children's poem

Chinese ancient poem/ancient Chinese poem

comma before dash in Shelley's poem "A Dirge": and dreary main,
Countercentennial poem
Dives (as read in a poem by Ezra Pound)
Embark in a poem
Emily Dickinson's poem titles
Errant, searching for a country... proofreading of a poem
Explanation of Pope's poem
F.B.A stands for... (Bonnie Parker poem)
He has written another poem ever since he came home
he recites a part of the poem
He wrote a poem for / to me.
I can't make sense of the poem!
I first read it from Shirley's poem, [it] was two years ago.
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