Definition of “poem” - English Dictionary

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“poem” in British English

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poemnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpəʊ.ɪm/ us /ˈpoʊ.əm/

B1 a piece of writing in which the words are arranged in separate lines, often ending in rhyme, and are chosen for their sound and for the images and ideas they suggest:

a book of love poems
The poet recited some of her recent poems.

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  • His collected poems were published in 1928.
  • My father can still recite the poems he learned off by heart at school.
  • He gave an inspirational reading of his own poems.
  • He composed this poem for his wife.
  • He gave a beautiful recitation of some poems by Blake.

(Definition of “poem” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“poem” in American English

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poemnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpoʊ·əm/

literature a piece of writing in which the words are carefully chosen for the images and ideas they suggest, and in which the sounds of the words when read aloud often follow a particular rhythmic pattern

(Definition of “poem” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)