poetry, poesy, verse(noun)
literature in metrical form
any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
The class of literature comprising poems.
Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.
A poet's literary production
A 'poetical' quality, artistic and/or artfull, which appeals or stirs the imagination, in any medium
That 'Swan Lake' choreography is poetry in motion, fitting the musical poetry of Tchaikovski's divine score well beyond the literary inspiration
Origin: From ποίησις, from ποιέω.
the art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression
imaginative language or composition, whether expressed rhythmically or in prose. Specifically: Metrical composition; verse; rhyme; poems collectively; as, heroic poetry; dramatic poetry; lyric or Pindaric poetry
Origin: [OF. poeterie. See Poet.]
Poetry is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively-informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more generally regarded as a fundamental creative act employing language. Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical or incantatory effects. The use of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and other stylistic elements of poetic diction often leaves a poem open to multiple interpretations. Similarly, metaphor, simile and metonymy create a resonance between otherwise disparate images—a layering of meanings, forming connections previously not perceived. Kindred forms of resonance may exist, between individual verses, in their patterns of rhyme or rhythm.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the gift of penetrating into the inner soul or secret of a thing, and bodying it forth rhythmically so as to captivate the imagination and the heart.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. A substitute for the impossible. 2. The bill and coo of sex.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Works that consist of literary and oral genre expressing meaning via symbolism and following formal or informal patterns.
Poetry Forms -- Read about the various poetry forms and types including definitions and examples.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'poetry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3294
Rank popularity for the word 'poetry' in Nouns Frequency: #1409
The numerical value of poetry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of poetry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
There is an Arabic writer who wrote philosophy and poetry and who brought all religions and all the world together.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is prose words in their best order-poetry the best words in the best order.
People were crying on the street, you could hear his voice coming out of cafes. Everyone was playing his music. ... Thank you, Lou, for brutally and benevolently injecting poetry into your music.
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Translations for poetry
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- poesia, poeticitatCatalan, Valencian
- barddoniaeth, prydyddiaethWelsh
- poesi, digtekunst, digtning, lyrikDanish
- Poesie, DichtkunstGerman
- ποίηση, ποιήματαGreek
- bàrdachdScottish Gaelic
- काव्य, कविताHindi
- költészet, költeményHungarian
- 詩歌, 韻文, 詩Japanese
- 시, 詩Korean
- prydydhieth, bardhoniethCornish
- PoesieLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- dikt, lyrikk, poesiNorwegian
- dichtkunst, poëzie, dichtwerkDutch
- poesiNorwegian Nynorsk
- pesništvo, песништво, по̀е̄зија, pòēzija, pjȅsnīštvoSerbo-Croatian
- కవిత, కవిత్వంTelugu
- פאָעזיע, דיכטונגYiddish
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