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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Emily Dickinson is famous as the poet who rarely left the house but often journeyed to the depths of the human heart.

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Next up: Fatimah Asghar, 28, poet, screenwriter, and co-creator of the web series Brown Girls, who bounces between Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL. Fatimah Asghar, Glamour, "The Poet Who Doesn't Travel Without $18 Eyeliner or Booty Mist," 24 Oct. 2018 Boris is a cult hero, a poet, a musician without a stage. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Ludovico: The piano’s quiet rock star talks about his first Houston concert," 11 July 2018 But that is rarely what elegies, or poets, aim to provide. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 The Nuyorican multi-hyphenate is thriving as a songwriter/producer, performer, writer, poet, podcaster, activist, and now actress, using her multiple disciplines as a platform for her advocacy in the trans community. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 Legend holds that Dante Alighieri, the poet of Divine Comedy/Inferno fame, sat on this rock watching the walls of the cathedral being built, writing love poems, and talking politics. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "10 unique, legendary places to visit in Florence, Italy: On this spot," 18 Apr. 2018 This month features environmental activist Jason Pretty Boy and Cabin teaching-writer and poet Catherine Kyle. idahostatesman, "Treasure Valley Book Event Calendar: March 11-17 | Idaho Statesman," 9 Mar. 2018 To satisfy her appetite for freshwater pearl jewelry, Lamont-Djite wore a pair of gold-tone oblique earrings with baroque pearl accents from Alighieri, a line inspired by poet Dante Alighieri. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Fashion Editors Dress for Work," 19 Apr. 2019 Kondwani Fidel 24, poet He’s lectured in London and spoken at universities including Georgetown and American, but Kondwani Fidel’s heart resides in Baltimore. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "10 people who make the Baltimore region better: Torrey Smith to Kondwani Fidel," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of poet

: a person who writes poems


po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət How to pronounce poet (audio) \

Kids Definition of poet

: a writer of poems

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