po·​et·​ry | \ ˈpō-ə-trē How to pronounce poetry (audio) , -i-trē also ˈpȯ(-)i-trē \

Definition of poetry

1a : 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
3a : something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression
b : poetic quality or aspect the poetry of dance

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Examples of poetry in a Sentence

I read the poem in a collection of modern poetry. She's published two books of lyric poetry and a novel. He found it easiest to express himself in the language of poetry. Her dancing is pure poetry.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plans are for a story time for kids, spoken word (poetry reading and personal readings), yoga and trivia night. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 things to know about the new Proving Grounds Coffee in Royal Oak," 6 Feb. 2020 Check the schedule for trivia, poetry readings, writing groups and -- on the weekends -- a waffle pop-up bar. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "10 date ideas perfect for Cleveland’s winter season," 27 Jan. 2020 For me, there was constant poetry to be explored in that journey. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "This Sundance Movie About Abortion Is The “Anti-Juno,” According To Its Director," 23 Jan. 2020 Someone begins reading poetry out loud in the corner, and the words wash over you. Washington Post, "These painters found calm in an age of distraction — more than a century ago," 23 Dec. 2019 Inland by Téa Obreht: What Obreht pulls off in her second novel’s conclusion is pure poetry. David Canfield, EW.com, "The 10 best books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 Mr Birkbeck started off with a clear plan for his days: an hour of physical exercise in the morning, followed by an hour of physics, an hour of Spanish study and then an hour reading poetry. The Economist, "An expedition reveals the perils of reading Dostoyevsky in Antarctica," 10 Oct. 2019 In her personal life, Marie enjoyed painting, writing and reading poetry, following current events, and having lively conversations withfriends and family. courant.com, "Marie A. LeVan," 8 Sep. 2019 The family-friendly event includes live music from 20 musical acts, poetry readings, interactive art stations, guest performers, local vendors and kids zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DAR members march in parade," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of poetry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Poetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetry. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poetry

: the writings of a poet : poems
: something that is very beautiful or graceful


po·​et·​ry | \ ˈpō-ə-trē How to pronounce poetry (audio) \

Kids Definition of poetry

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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