Definitions for POETˈpoʊ ɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one who writes poetry.
one who displays imagination and sensitivity along with eloquent expression.
Origin of poet:
1250–1300; ME poete < L poēta < Gk poiētḗs poet, lit., maker =poiē-, var. s. of poieîn to make +-tēs agent n. suffix
a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a writer of poems
Ted Hughes, the famous poet
A person who writes poems.
one skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer
A poet is a person who writes poetry. A poet's work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary greatly in different cultures and time periods. Throughout each civilization and language, poets have used various styles that have changed through the course of literary history, resulting in a history of poets as diverse as the literature they have produced. The English word "poet" is derived from the French poète, itself descended from the Latin first-declension masculine noun poeta, meaning "poet". The word "poetry" derives from the Latin feminine noun poetria, meaning not "poetry" but "poetess". French poet Arthur Rimbaud summarized the "poet" by writing: "A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men: the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed—and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and, if demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!"
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. A person born with the instinct to poverty. 2. One whose ideas of the beautiful and the sublime get him in jail or Potter's Field. 3. The patron saint of landlords. 4. A worthless, shiftless chap whose songs adorn the libraries of fat shopkeepers and paunchy Philistines one hundred years after the chap has died of malnutrition. 5. A dope-fiend.
Translations for POET
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who writes poems.
- poetaPortuguese (BR)
- básník, -řkaCzech
- der/die Dichter(in)German
- digter; poetDanish
- poeta; poeta, poetisaSpanish
- poète, poétesseFrench
- poeta, poetessaItalian
- poet, diktare, skaldSwedish
- 詩人Chinese (Trad.)
- nhà thơVietnamese
- 诗人Chinese (Simp.)
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