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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Poem

PO'EM, noun [Latin poema; Gr. to make, to compose songs.]

1. A metrical composition; a composition in which the verses consist of certain measures, whether in blank verse or in rhyme; as the poems of Homer or of Milton; opposed to prose.

2. This term is also applied to some compositions in which the language is that of excited imagination; as the poems of Ossian.