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.
Recent Examples on the Web The world of poetry has been slower to embrace NFTs than some other art forms, but that is quickly changing. Jeff Rose, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Dooley uses the power of poetry, close reading and self-expression through writing to foster compassionate communication with patients in clinics and hospitals, prompting his audience to engage in thoughtful reflection. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 To listen to the people who train him and ride him is to experience the sort of poetry the laureates strive for. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Majestic lines interwoven into a mighty tornado of poetry. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland resembles a slave cabin with no doors or windows, covered in lines of poetry by Quenton Baker and illuminated from within at night. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2022 Yet, in the later 16th and 17th centuries, the reputation of monastic life was rehabilitated, as a great deal of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and even the poetry of the Cromwellian republic attests. Crawford Gribben, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards is a lively annual event honoring the best student poetry in English and Spanish at Quinebaug Valley Community College and at the Quinebaug Middle College. Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 That world-changing proposition -- declared in Philadelphia, enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and reaffirmed in the poetry of the Gettysburg Address -- must still guide us nearly two and ... Ben Sasse, National Review, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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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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