po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət How to pronounce poet (audio) , -it also ˈpȯ(-)it \

Definition of poet

1 : one who writes poetry : a maker of verses
2 : one (such as a creative artist) of great imaginative and expressive capabilities and special sensitivity to the medium

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Emily Dickinson is famous as the poet who rarely left the house but often journeyed to the depths of the human heart.
Recent Examples on the Web Brookhiser touches on the brilliant Thomas Hardy’s remarkable talent as both a poet and a novelist. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 6 Feb. 2020 Our good friend René Ricard was an artist, poet, and writer. Zac Posen, Town & Country, "Claire Danes Is Finally Home," 4 Feb. 2020 Featured readers include Idris Goodwin, a poet, playwright, and author; Deedee Cummings, author of eleven diverse children’s books. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 30+ events to help you celebrate Black History Month in Louisville this February," 31 Jan. 2020 Saturday's auditions are open to soloists, singing groups, choirs, praise dancers, step dancers, poets, rappers and comedians. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GospelFest 2020 at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum April 10 is holding auditions Saturday," 14 Jan. 2020 Over several years of research investigating the most celebrated works of poets, architects, and others, Galenson has developed a theory: there are two types of innovators, and their creativity peaks at different ages. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Madonna has a message about aging and work that you probably need to hear," 8 June 2019 Beginning with the Franco regime’s oppressive rise to tyranny, Allende revisits the story of more than 2,000 Spanish refugees who boarded the Winnipeg on a fraught voyage organized by the poet Pablo Neruda to his native Chile. Washington Post, "In ‘A Long Petal of the Sea,’ Isabel Allende delivers another sentimental epic set in troubled times," 23 Jan. 2020 But two new and unexpected volumes—expertly edited and with wonderfully informative footnotes by the poet and scholar Saskia Hamilton, who also provides an alert and balanced introduction to each—have now been published. Helen Vendler, Harper's magazine, "Dearest Lizzie," 20 Jan. 2020 Political suffering was not forgotten by the poets of old. The Economist, "Chaguan To preserve the Yangzi’s fish, officials are using a blunt method," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of poet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poet

Middle English, from Anglo-French poete, from Latin poeta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up

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“Poet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poet

: a person who writes poems


po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət How to pronounce poet (audio) \

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: a writer of poems

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