Definition of poem in English:



  • A piece of writing in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by particular attention to diction (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm, and imagery:

    ‘the sun is an important symbol in this poem’
    ‘a poem in terza rima’
    ‘lyric poems’
    • ‘After the elegies and hymns and poems, the retired minister rose to speak on tottering legs but with a voice like a vice.’
    • ‘Parents were treated to a morning of songs, poems and music by their Junior Classes.’
    • ‘Here again the listless rhythms gather images and ideas into poems of real power.’
    • ‘The group spent the morning working on a descriptive piece of writing and poems about people they knew.’
    • ‘After you've completed the evaluation, you'll read some of my poems to get an idea of how to go about it.’
    • ‘He said they also used old poems and ballads which were used as lyrics for the songs.’
    • ‘No, Kylie has written a poem especially for the piece which has been incorporated into the score!’
    • ‘I had ideas for a poem last week while I was driving back from one of our other sites.’
    • ‘I, too, hung up the receiver and went into my room to check some books for ideas of fall poems.’
    • ‘Her class had been preparing for his visit by writing autumn poems of their own and reading some of his books.’
    • ‘Extant works include ecclesiastical poems, rhythmical verse, and a number of letters.’
    • ‘Modern readers continue to debate whether the poems express platonic friendship or sexual love.’
    • ‘Like Paradise Lost this piece is both a moral and political treatise and an epic poem.’
    • ‘So many of her poems express some combination of confusion and lament about the decline.’
    • ‘We discover why the epic poem is considered one of the greatest works of the human spirit.’
    • ‘The friends wrote the original stories, poems and songs that are used on the CDs and provided the voices.’
    • ‘When he's not writing protest poems about saving rocks, Albert ponders the meaning of life.’
    • ‘He wasn't going to be able to write great passionate love poems or poems of travel.’
    • ‘It was a grand affair, with troop parades, poems, songs, a feast and the unveiling of a trophy.’
    • ‘Without the old winters, a lot of our seasonal poems, rhymes and novels don't make sense.’
    verse, song, rhyme, piece of poetry, verse composition, metrical composition
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Late 15th century: from French poème or Latin poema, from Greek poēma, early variant of poiēma fiction, poem, from poiein create.