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 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, 23 Mar. 2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s feline poesy ends its Broadway revival. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 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 5 Dec. 2021.

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