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.

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Some responded by posting their favorite creatives who are transgender people, including artists and poets. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Transgender People and Allies React to Trump Memo on Limiting Gender Definition," 22 Oct. 2018 The reading material ranges from pieces by ancient Greek poets to longer essays by James Baldwin and other modern writers, which all are part of the public domain and accessed courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "This Site Wants to Help You Pick the "Perfect" Potty Reading," 4 Sep. 2015 But the British Somali poet Warsan Shire tries her best to keep them three-dimensional. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Let the Poet Warsan Shire Tell You About the "Bravest Girl in the World"," 8 Mar. 2019 Actress Molly Shannon, who plays Dickinson in the film, hopes that the film will upend the poet's image. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Molly Shannon Play Emily Dickinson as a Funny, Passionate Lesbian in Wild Nights with Emily," 7 Mar. 2019 The lesson continued when students volunteered to be a poet or a reader. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls Schools Celebrate National Poetry Month: Community Voices," 26 Apr. 2018 His fellow prisoners accuse him of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "'Man of La Mancha' is a soul-stirring musical about hope and honor | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 They were announced this evening during a ceremony at the New-York Historical Society, where the poet and essayist Elizabeth Alexander read a keynote speech by Toni Morrison (Morrison was unable to attend because of the weather). Catie L'heureux, The Cut, "Meet 10 Emerging Writers Who Just Won the Whiting Award," 21 Mar. 2018 Some of them have received notes or emails from Hillary with quotes from her favorite poets, including Mary Oliver. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Meet Hillary Clinton's Inner Circle, the Queenmakers Who Won't Rest Until She's President," 16 Aug. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of poet

: a person who writes poems


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

Kids Definition of poet

: a writer of poems

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