from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.
- n. A composition in verse rather than in prose.
- n. A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose.
- n. A creation, object, or experience having beauty suggestive of poetry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A literary piece written in verse.
- n. A piece of writing in the tradition of poetry, an instance of poetry.
- n. A piece of poetic writing, that is with an intensity or depth of expression or inspiration greater than is usual in prose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A metrical composition; a composition in verse written in certain measures, whether in blank verse or in rhyme, and characterized by imagination and poetic diction; -- contradistinguished from prose.
- n. A composition, not in verse, of which the language is highly imaginative or impassioned
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A written composition in metrical form; a composition characterized by its arrangement in verses or measures, whether in blank verse or in rime: as, a lyric poem; a pastoral poem.
- n. A written composition which, though not in verse, is characterized by imaginative and poetic beauty in either the thought or the language: as, a prose poem.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
French poème, from Old French, from Latin poēma, from Greek poiēma, from poiein, to create.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin poēma, from Ancient Greek ποίημα (poiēma), from ποιέω (poiēo, "I make"). (Wiktionary)