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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Local poets and a handful of speakers will also participate. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Lights for Liberty’ vigils will be among 700 events protesting treatment and conditions at immigration detention centers," 12 July 2019 Nature poems subject of presentation Award-winning poet and teacher Ron Salisbury will give a presentation on Nature Poems from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday june29 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sneak peak at North County events this weekend and beyond...," 27 June 2019 Itinerary Itinerary Amid the velvet hills and craggy peaks of Scotland’s western edge, saints and kings have passed, clans and armies have clashed, and poets and rebels have sought refuge. National Geographic, "Scotland Hiking Adventure: From the Highlands to Islands," 17 June 2019 Scheduled performers also include Mark Scott of the Miracles, Motown Legends Gospel Choir, poet and playwright Bill Harris, and the Lisa McCall Dancers. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 In the spring of 1956, the popular poet and critic John Ciardi, fresh off his iconic translation of The Inferno, became the poetry editor of Saturday Review. Nick Ripatrazone, National Review, "Jim Harrison’s Essential Poetry," 8 June 2019 The Dragon Boat Festival is said to commemorate Qu Yuan, a renowned poet and minister who lived in the Chinese kingdom of Chu in the third century BC during the strife-ridden Warring States period. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Dragon boats and rice dumplings are part of Lego’s big China plans," 6 June 2019 Novelists huckster for clothing chains, jazzmen record for Muzak and Lawrence Welk, poets write advertising copy and folk singers fink out when the chips are down. Ralph J. Gleason, SFChronicle.com, "Joan Baez, Dylan — a special case, Ralph J. Gleason, 1964," 20 June 2018 Few poets write like Li-Young Lee these days, facing the biggest and broadest questions head-on — What is the purpose of human life? Craig Morgan Teicher, latimes.com, "Poet Li-Young Lee articulates life’s interminable uncertainties," 30 Mar. 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 How to pronounce poet (audio) \

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: a writer of poems

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