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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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 There, Hoare met Samuel Coleridge himself, the great-great-great-great-great-nephew of the poet, who lives next door in the family manor. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Epic Poem You Need for Quarantine," 15 May 2020 Disguising himself as a relative of the poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Bose set sail for Japan from the Port of Kolkata on May 12, 1915. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "The Indian revolutionary who fought to overthrow British rule while living in Japan," 9 May 2020 The work is inspired by librettist Niloufar Talebi’s personal experiences as well as the writings of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "James Earl Jones as King Lear: Your free quarantine must-watch of the day," 6 May 2020 Even before that feverish fortnight, the city health commissioner, Haven Emerson—the great-nephew of the celebrated poet Ralph Waldo Emerson—made it his business to keep New Yorkers apart. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What the History of Polio Can Teach Us About COVID-19," 5 May 2020 Simpler choices include short videos of curator of European art Tanya Paul talking about individual paintings, such as Georges Rouault's portrait of poet Paul Verlaine. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee arts leaders expect comeback from coronavirus to be slow, gradual and unpredictable," 29 Apr. 2020 John Brehm The cover image of an upside-down turtle on the cover of Portland poet John Brehm’s new collection says it all. oregonlive, "Celebrate World Poetry Day with these 6 Oregon-rooted collections," 19 Mar. 2020 Like the writing of the Jamaican poet Lloyd W. Brown or the Bajan scholar Kamau Brathwaite, Card’s novel reveals fissures in record-keeping and the fallibility of documents written in colonial English. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "An Epic Novel Haunted by the Ghosts of Colonialism," 11 Mar. 2020 The oil paint is laid on thick, like the most scrumptious cake frosting imaginable, in the portrait of the poet Robert Duncan that his life partner, the artist known as Jess, made in 1965. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "Spirits of San Francisco," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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