Consider prefacing your poem with a proem.

MEANING:

noun: An introduction, preface, or preamble.

 

ETYMOLOGY:

From Old French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro- (before) + oime (song). Earliest documented use: 1410.

 

USAGE:

“However, if one carries on reading beyond the proem and carefully examines the main body …”
Eleni Kechagia; Plutarch Against Colotes; Oxford University Press; 2011.

http://wordsmith.org/words/proem.html.

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