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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poem a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost."
    • Poem A composition, not in verse, of which the language is highly imaginative or impassioned; as, a prose poem; the poems of Ossian.
    • Poem 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939, in Chicago, for the Montgomery Ward department stores for a Christmas promotion. The lyrics were written as a poem by Robert May, but weren't set to music until 1947. Gene Autry recorded the hit song in 1949.
    • n poem 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 poem 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Poem pō′em a composition in verse: a composition of high beauty of thought or language, although not in verse
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The true poem is the poet's mind.”
  • Ringo Starr
    Ringo Starr
    “I like Beethoven, especially the poems.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry --That is a life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.”
  • C. Fitzhugh
    C. Fitzhugh
    “Of all great poems, love is the absolute and essential foundation.”
  • John Fowles
    John Fowles
    “We all write poems. It is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. poëma, Gr. , fr. to make, to compose, to write, especially in verse: cf. F. poëme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. poème—L. poema—Gr. poiēma, poiein, to make.


In literature:

The poem and the statesman and philanthropist together aroused England.
"The Brownings" by Lilian Whiting
Yet through it all inspiration was ever with him, and poem followed poem with miraculous, one might almost say, unnatural rapidity.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
Pope is said to have regarded his judgment; and Mallet, when young, tremblingly submitted a poem, to live or die by his breath.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Twelve poems were included in this edition.
"Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today" by Henry Eduard Legler
He lived constantly in the open air, composing all his poems there, and committing them to paper afterwards.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
Thus the great epic poem of our language came to be, avowedly, a sacred poem.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
This is true of Goldsmith's two great poems.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
Ours is a poetical age; but has it produced one Great Poem?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
The poem "I stood tiptoe" &c. was written beside a gate near Caen Wood, Highgate.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
But the beauty of the poem as a poem is unmistakable and altogether astounding.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury

In poetry:

But FREDDY tries another style,
He knows some graceful steps and does 'em -
A breathing Poem - Woman's smile -
A man all poesy and buzzem.
"John and Freddy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Cool as the evening is and soft as fawn,
Warm as my fiddling fingers when they say
I could make prayers or poems on and on.
If I had wheels or love, I would be gone.
"If I Had Wheels or Love" by Vassar Miller
The real Yorkshire pudden's a poem in batter,
To make one's an art not a trade,
Now listen to me - for I'm going to tell thee
How t' first Yorkshire pudden wor made.
"Yorkshire Pudden" by Weston and Lee
And though sweetest poems that ever were writ,
With the posy that up to my gaze you lift,
Seem void of music and poor of wit,
Yet I guess your meaning, and take your gift.
"A Country Nosegay" by Alfred Austin
Hence it is clear that the truth is not strait and narrow but infinite:
All roads lead to Rome and to poetry
and to poem, sweet poem
and from, away and towards are the same typography.
"Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses" by Delmore Schwartz
But, to a new rhythmus fitted for thee,
Poems, bridging the way from Life to Death, vaguely wafted in night
air, uncaught, unwritten,
Which, let us go forth in the bold day, and write.
"Proud Music Of The Storm" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Here's Robert's attempt at a matches poem.
Alice Derry On Watching Salmon And "Finding The Poem".
"Tremolo," Alice Derry 's latest collection of poems.
In the days after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001, with the twin towers vanished from Manhattan's skyline, a poem by W.H.
An anthology of poems dedicated to the various divas that have touched the lives of gay men.
Hear Ellen Bryant Voigt read this poem (in RealAudio).
Limericks survive today with poems that pay tribute to everything from Steve Jobs to the London Underground.
OLD AND NEW POEMS By Donald Hall 244 pp.
Kennedy, who wrote a poem in honor of the 100-year-old reptile, calls his death this weekend a "personal loss".
Isaeli actress and musician Efrat Ben Zur has set Emily Dickinson poems to music.
Emily Dickinson 's highly compressed, powerful poems inspire legions of readers, and Dickinson is one of the most widely revered and critically engaged women writers.
Poems by Emily Dickinson .
Poem captures the enchantment of The Clearing and Door County.
In a prefatory poem Bridges wrote.

In science:

In the lab we do not meet quantum devices printing out poems, scientific papers, or any meaningful message.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
MicroSCOPE’s electrostatic differential accelerometers are based on flight heritage designs from the CHAMP, GRACE and GOCE missions.9 The Principle of Equivalence Measurement (POEM) experiment is a ground-based test of the WEP, now under development.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
SR-POEM, a POEM-based proposed room-temperature test of the WEP during a sub-orbital flight on a sounding rocket (thus, SR-POEM), was recently also presented .
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Even before 2000 years tamils had heroic poetry Purananuru (28th poem) about the war fare methods. In that poem mention was made about 8 types of disability.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
That is, it gives you some guidelines for identifying what kind of structural object (e.g. division in a text, paragraph, sentences) or specific phenomena (identification of names and places, precise bibliographical references, metrical structure of a poem) you actual want to identify and markup.
Questions & Answers for TEI Newcomers