po·et | \ˈpō-ət, -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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The group was named for a poem by late South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, the father of Earl Sweatshirt. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Last Poets Member, 'Grandfather of Rap' Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Dies at 74," 6 June 2018 Diana Arterian published a sad, lyrical essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books on the legacy of the Armenian Genocide on descendants and diaspora members, skillfully weaving together family memories and verse by Armenian diasporic poets. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "In the End, It’s All Just the Stories We Tell," 17 May 2018 Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images The poet called April the cruelest month, and you probably won’t get an argument from Oleg Deripaska. Fortune, "3 Weeks of Sanctions Have Cost This Man $3.8 Billion," 25 Apr. 2018 Maya Angelou was not only a poet and author, but a civil rights leader and feminist icon. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday Honored By Google With Star-Studded 'Still I Rise' Doodle Tribute," 4 Apr. 2018 Igo, who taught English at San Antonio College for 47 years, was also a poet, theater critic and accomplished photographer. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Physician: Former college professor had dementia when he signed his will," 27 Mar. 2018 Lafitte is a poet, blogger and arts administration graduate student at UNO. NOLA.com, "7 gender-neutral restroom signs to soothe the soul," 7 Mar. 2018 This year will bring more: The Beekeeper by poet Dunya Mikhail, The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al-Rawi, Watermelon Boys, by Ruqaya Izzidien, and the anthology Baghdad Noir, edited by Samuel Shimon. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "A Surreal Story from Baghdad," 2 Mar. 2018 Gyllenhaal's Lisa is a frustrated educator with artistic aspirations, who becomes inspired and obsessed when one of her students reveals himself to be a prodigious poet. Esther Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Maggie Gyllenhaal on the Complicated Nuances of Being Asked About #MeToo on the Red Carpet," 24 Jan. 2018

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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 \

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: a writer of poems

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