noun po·et·ry \ˈpō-ə-trē, -i-trē also ˈp(-)i-trē\

: the writings of a poet : poems

: something that is very beautiful or graceful

Full Definition of POETRY

a :  metrical writing :  verse
b :  the productions of a poet :  poems
:  writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
a :  something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression
b :  poetic quality or aspect <the poetry of dance>

Examples of POETRY

  1. I read the poem in a collection of modern poetry.
  2. She's published two books of lyric poetry and a novel.
  3. He found it easiest to express himself in the language of poetry.
  4. Her dancing is pure poetry.

First Known Use of POETRY

14th century

Related to POETRY

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
POETRY Defined for Kids


noun po·et·ry \ˈpō-ə-trē\

Definition of POETRY for Kids

:  writing that usually involves figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme :  verse
:  the writings of a poet


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