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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
poem
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
know a song/tune/poem etc (=be able to sing a song, play a tune, say a poem etc because you have learned it)
▪ Do you know all the words to ‘As Time Goes By’?
tone poem
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
early
▪ The absence of panegyric in itself sets Leapor's poem apart from earlier country house poems.
▪ In this anthology the earliest poems included were some previously unpublished works dating from 1916 to 1921.
▪ Wordsworth later made changes in the text - as in most of his early poems - mainly to please Coleridge.
▪ The thematic range and the technique of the earlier poems have not been replaced by a new poetic style.
▪ Shakespeare's early poems sketch that double vision and later many of his heroes are plagued by it.
▪ The early war poems had promoted patriotism, justice and principle.
▪ Two early poems appear to shed some light on what happened.
epic
▪ The action of a traditional epic poem is further complicated in that it deals with the relation of human beings to gods.
▪ Zach was to finish his epic poem and write a report on the Christmas Show.
famous
▪ He was suddenly seeing right into the crystalline spaces of the famous poem.
▪ Extreme simplicity of vocabulary, economy of imagery, regularity of form, and a deservedly famous poem.
long
▪ In late 1919 Eliot resolved to begin a long poem.
▪ In 1876 he wrote the long poem Clarel to express his disillusionment.
lyric
▪ The relation between these elements and terms, and the lyric poem, is then discussed.
▪ It is the interrelationship of these points that enables the analysis of deixis in the genre of the lyric poem to proceed.
▪ In the discourse of the lyric poem it is unlikely that we can ascribe indexical meaning to symbolic elements of deictic terms.
other
▪ There are other poems attacking the Friend in which the Poet writes from a closer perspective.
▪ Although in other poems Leapor shows that labouring class women can be desperately unhappy in marriage, she is not unequivocal.
▪ There were also two libretti for oratorios probably dating from 1765, as well as other miscellaneous poems.
▪ In Hvar, Zadar and the other cities, poems and dramas continued to appear.
short
▪ I particularly recall one short poem.
▪ In return he composed short poems of thanks.
■ NOUN
love
▪ At night we lay in bed and read the love poems of Ovid from a book she had found in the library.
▪ I was in my night-gown already, doing our assignment, a love poem in the form of a sonnet.
▪ Most are love poems -- in a way.
tone
▪ I take a certain perverse pleasure in offering one of these a-topical tone poems, unsolicited and out of date.
■ VERB
compose
▪ And if you intend to compose your own poems, limericks or verses, a songwriter's rhyming dictionary would be invaluable.
▪ Presumably Mira is composing a poem, counting the syllables as she walks.
▪ In return he composed short poems of thanks.
▪ With Donald Crubach's help, he played the harp and sang, and started again to compose songs and poems.
▪ His movements were slow, his gaze abstracted, as if he were composing a poem in his head.
publish
▪ Its author Tom Holt began, if I remember right, by publishing his collected poems at the age of 12.
▪ Before long, Evan had published the poem shown in Figure 3. 13.
▪ Koelz had also published anti-war poems, under the guise of Johannes Matthaeus.
▪ Unfortunately, the editor to whom it was submitted refused to publish a poem he found incomprehensible.
▪ Faber and Faber published the poem as a pamphlet in September, and it sold almost 12,000 copies.
▪ She began to publish her poems in such places as Harper's, and won a guest post on the magazine Mademoiselle.
read
▪ He is planning to read a 100-line poem about suicide from the top of Nelson's Column.
▪ And that same electric veering-out for me reading the sunflower poem at age 18.
▪ He insists that the Faerie Queene is to be read as a Gothic poem.
Reading him like this, so stripped of context, you no longer feel compelled to read the poems as a student.
▪ At night we lay in bed and read the love poems of Ovid from a book she had found in the library.
▪ Obviously a good deal more could be read into the poem if one really tried.
▪ After MacLeish, with excruciating self-consciousness, read her the poem, Margarett told him she had previously seen it.
recite
▪ O'Lone recited a poem about a little house with roses at the gate and a bird in the tree that went tra-la-la.
▪ Suppose you were required, as a child, to recite a poem in front of your class.
▪ She recited a poem to him that was well-known in the district.
▪ She had a circle of people around her, listening to her reciting a poem!
▪ Unfortunately, Petherbridge rather undermines this theory by reciting his own atrociously-rhymed poem.
▪ As luck has it, the school where Evita began reciting poems in the sixth grade is just across the street.
▪ He came because he could recite poems, particularly Rudyard Kipling, and at great length.
▪ She knew the origin of every obscure couplet imaginable, and could usually recite the whole poem which went with it.
write
▪ Yeats wrote out his poems in prose first: it is a discipline which works.
▪ In 1876 he wrote the long poem Clarel to express his disillusionment.
▪ At eight, she wrote a poem about mortality.
▪ She started to write poems to express her feelings.
▪ But most enthralling was her attraction to two people for whom she wrote her most ardent poems.
▪ If he were a poet he would write a poem to that glimpse of bare ankle.
▪ Others wrote poems, plays, stories, songs, novels, even a fake autobiography of the Jersey Jumper.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
collected works/poems/essays/edition
▪ Box sets collect music into greatest hits, anthologies, chronologies, complete collected works, best-of and worst-of packages.
▪ He took down a copy of Wordsworth's collected poems.
▪ His collected works, he said, probably fill four foot ten of shelf space.
▪ Its author Tom Holt began, if I remember right, by publishing his collected poems at the age of 12.
▪ Mr Zhivkov's 44-volume collected works has disappeared from Sofia's bookshops since he was removed.
▪ My collected works rendered the Horsehead Nebula, goofy space cruisers, robots, and Saturn.
▪ They were first printed by William Caxton in 1475; the collected works were first illustrated by William Thynne in 1532.
compose a letter/poem/speech etc
▪ His movements were slow, his gaze abstracted, as if he were composing a poem in his head.
▪ Me and my sore back composed a letter to Martina.
▪ Presumably Mira is composing a poem, counting the syllables as she walks.
▪ She began to compose a letter in her head, then rejected the idea.
▪ The trainee is expected to compose a letter and a memo from short notes provided.
▪ Then he turned over the piece of paper and composed a letter to his wife, Olga.
nonsense poems/verse/rhymes
▪ Which artist was famous for his nonsense rhymes? 09.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All time in this poem seems to be a running-down.
▪ Ever since, her wonderful paintings and delightful poems have charmed adults and children the world over.
▪ He collaborated with the likes of Jasper Johns and Larry Rivers, scribbling poems to match / mismatch their images.
▪ I think your work will get overripe unless more poems like this one begin to emerge.
▪ Indeed, he is hateful throughout the Iliad, poem of war though it is.
▪ They should read a selection of material that includes short stories, novels, plays and poems.
▪ Wordsworth tells us that the poem refers to his daughter Catherine, who died in 1812.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Poem

Poem \Po"em\, n. [L. po["e]ma, Gr. ?, fr. ? to make, to compose, to write, especially in verse: cf. F. po["e]me.]

  1. 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; as, the poems of Homer or of Milton.

  2. A composition, not in verse, of which the language is highly imaginative or impassioned; as, a prose poem; the poems of Ossian.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
poem

1540s (replacing poesy in this sense), from Middle French poème (14c.), from Latin poema "composition in verse, poetry," from Greek poema "fiction, poetical work," literally "thing made or created," early variant of poiema, from poein, poiein, "to make or compose" (see poet). Spelling pome, representing an ignorant pronunciation, is attested from 1856.

Wiktionary
poem

n. A literary piece written in verse.

WordNet
poem

n. a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines [syn: verse form]

Wikipedia
Poem (album)

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Poem is an album released by Canadian industrial/electronic music group Delerium in 2000.

"Innocente," "Underwater," and "Aria" have music videos.

Poem (song)

"Poem" is a song by the band Taproot and the lead single from their second major label album, Welcome. It was released in 2002 and met with the highest success of any Taproot single, reaching #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks. The track, as well as its music video, were heavily played throughout the several months following its release.

Poem (disambiguation)

A poem is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities.

Poem may also refer to:

  • Poem (album), a 2000 album by Canadian industrial/electronic music group Delerium
  • "Poem" (song), a 2002 song by nu metal band Taproot
  • "PerOral Endoscopic Myotomy" (medicine), a special surgery technique using endoscopy to operate inside the alimentary canal
  • The Poem, a screenplay by Dawn Fields Wise about Lynchburg poet Bransford Vawter

Usage examples of "poem".

The book contained forty-two poems by such writers as Gemma Files, Charlee Jacob, Mark McLaughlin, Peter Crowther, Bruce Boston, Tom Piccirilli and others, along with a Foreword by John Rose, an Introduction from Phyllis Gotlieb and an Afterword by James Morrow.

Containing Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and his poems on several occasions.

You used ahimsa as a weapon to make the poet let you recite the poem, and now the poet is dead.

To this Sirin would contribute poems, riddles, crossword puzzles, and probably some of its unsigned anagrams, logogriphs, meta-grams.

After that, he made a series of aphoristic comments which some have taken to be poems, and other have taken to be seeds for future scientific research.

Whether it be the understanding of a plant, an animal, a city, a picture, a poem, an historical event, an arithmetical problem, or a scientific experiment, the process is always the same.

With her whole being, Aunty Em wanted to recite her poem at the banquet.

The prose of Saikaku, the puppet plays of Chikamatsu, and the poems of Basho were resuscitated, annotated, and made available to a wide reading public.

And above all the caravanners from Basilica, with their strange songs and seeds, images in glass and cunning tools, impossible fabrics that changed colors with the hours of the day, and their poems and stories that taught the Sotchitsiya how wise and refined men and women spoke and thought and dreamed and lived.

She got down Ariosto and began to read to me the adventure of Ricciardetto with Fiordespina, an episode which gives its beauty to the twenty-ninth canto of that beautiful poem which I knew by heart.

He offered to read to me a poem of his own composition, but, feeling that my eyes would not keep open, I begged he would excuse me and postpone the reading until the following day.

Had he not in his bureau a manuscript treatise on the relations of art and morals which, when he re-read it, astounded him by its acumen and wit, and a manuscript poem on the doings of Cardinal Beatoun which he could not honestly deem inferior to the belauded verse of Mr Walter Scott!

The truth about Bibbs was in the poem which Edith had adopted: he had so thoroughly formed the over-sensitive habit of hiding his feelings that no doubt he had forgotten--by this time--where he had put some of them, especially those which concerned himself.

He clearly saw a first edition of the damned poem with title page a horrid mixture of typefaces, fat ill-drawn nymphs on it, a round chop which said Bibliotheca Somethingorother.

Then someone suggested: why not put the poem into booklet form as a free gift of Ward customers the following Christmas?