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.
A composition, not in verse, of which the language is highly imaginative or impassioned; as, a prose poem; the poems of Ossian.
a metrical form of composition in which word images are selected and expressed to create powerful, often beautiful impressions in the listener or reader. such a composition not in metrical form, as a prose poem. something suggestive of the qualities of a poem. See also poetry (defs. 1, 2).