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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What is the origin of the word poem?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19783points) 1 month ago

Is it Edgar Allen Poe?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Latin and Greek read this

Poe was a great writer, but a drunkard and druggie.

flutherother's avatar

The theory that the word derives from the American author Edgar Allan Poem (the “m” is silent) has been completely debunked as “fake etymology”. A substantial majority now accept that Poe was born in 1809, when the word was already well established in the English language.

Nevertheless, social media sites continue to be filled with the rage of those who cite as their source. Things are heated, and we don’t expect the controversy will die down anytime soon.

kritiper's avatar

Not from Poe.

“poem… {MF poeme, fr. L poema, fr. Gk poiema, fr. poiein] (15c) ... ” -from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

MF = middle French
L = Latin
fr = from
Gk = Greek
c = century

Edgar Allen Poe 1809 – 1849

Demosthenes's avatar

I had never heard that folk etymology. It’s funny, but definitely not true. Ultimately it is from the Greek word “poiēma” meaning “work, creation” and later “written work” and specifically, one in verse. It entered Latin from Greek, then French from Latin, then English from French.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Quoth the Raven, no way Jose!

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