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

Examples of poet in a Sentence

Emily Dickinson is famous as the poet who rarely left the house but often journeyed to the depths of the human heart.
Recent Examples on the Web For her upcoming feature, Bachmann & Frisch, von Trotta focuses on the relationship between Austrian poet and author Ingeborg Bachmann and Swiss novelist and playwright Max Frisch. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2022 But Adler was also a poet and a novelist, and Karl Gustav Specht was not. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 One of the beneficiaries of Dylan’s revolutionary acts was Leonard Cohen, a Canadian poet and novelist who was compelled by the times and his muses, and no doubt by example of Dylan, to become a troubadour. Glenn Kenny, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Róisín, a novelist and poet, draws on voluminous research to sweep across the history of yoga and meditation, the very real effects of trauma and stress on the body and even the influence of activists like Malcolm X and Audre Lorde. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 His wife, the poet and novelist Helen Klein Ross, said the cause was lymphoma. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 19 May 2022 But as poet and novelist Suzannah Showler writes in the May issue, succeeding in that aim poses great spiritual and biological risk. Suzannah Showler, Harper’s Magazine , 3 May 2022 Brontë was a novelist and poet who grew up in 19th-century England in a literary family. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 This is where the poet and novelist Charles Bukowski lived and wrote, where Upton Sinclair rallied longshoremen to strike for their rights in 1923, and where the 1980s punk rock group the Minutemen honed their distinctive sound. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Poet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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: a writer of poems

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