poetry

noun po·et·ry \ ˈpō-ə-trē , -i-trē also ˈpȯ(-)i-trē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of poetry

1 a : metrical writing : verse
b : the productions of a poet : poems
2 : writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
3 a : something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression
b : poetic quality or aspect
  • the poetry of dance

Examples of poetry in a Sentence

  1. I read the poem in a collection of modern poetry.

  2. She's published two books of lyric poetry and a novel.

  3. He found it easiest to express himself in the language of poetry.

  4. Her dancing is pure poetry.

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First Known Use of poetry

14th century

poetry Synonyms

Synonyms
minstrelsy, poesy, song, verse
Antonyms
prose
Related Words
rhyme (also rime); blank verse, free verse, vers libre


POETRY Defined for English Language Learners

poetry

noun

Definition of poetry for English Language Learners

  • : the writings of a poet : poems

  • : something that is very beautiful or graceful


POETRY Defined for Kids

poetry

noun po·et·ry \ ˈpō-ə-trē \

Definition of poetry for Students

1 : writing that usually involves figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme : verse
2 : the writings of a poet


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