po·​e·​sy | \ ˈpō-ə-zē How to pronounce poesy (audio) , -sē \
plural poesies

Definition of poesy

1a : a poem or body of poems
b : poetry
c : artificial or sentimentalized poetic writing
2 : poetic inspiration

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Examples of poesy in a Sentence

in olden days young gentlemen were expected to be proficient in the art of poesy
Recent Examples on the Web Around my neck is my poesy ring 'adventure' necklace, with a locket holding my secret messages. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "How to Layer Necklaces," 8 Mar. 2019 In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time," 6 Aug. 2018 Expect to use up multiple pens on this novel in verse, an elegiac meditation on poesy and religion. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "YA novel 'The Poet X' is an elegiac meditation on poesy and religion," 23 Mar. 2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s feline poesy ends its Broadway revival. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of poesy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for poesy

Middle English poesie, from Middle French, from Latin poesis, from Greek poiēsis, literally, creation, from poiein

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“Poesy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poesy. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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