Definitions for poetryˈpoʊ ɪ tri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
po•et•ryˈpoʊ ɪ tri(n.)
literary work in metrical form; poetic works; poems; verse.
the art of writing poems.
prose with poetic qualities.
poetic qualities however manifested.
poetic spirit or feeling.
something suggestive of poetry.
Origin of poetry:
1350–1400; ME poetrie < ML poētria poetic art, der. of poētapoet
poetry, poesy, verse(noun)
literature in metrical form
any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
poetry(noun)ˈpoʊ ɪ tri
poems or the writing of poems
I've never written any poetry before.; Do you like poetry?
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
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.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'poetry' in Nouns Frequency: #1409
Translations for poetry
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
poems in general
He writes poetry.
- شِعْر، قَصائِدArabic
- poesiaPortuguese (BR)
- Gedichte (pl.)German
- diktning, poesiNorwegian
- 詩(總稱)Chinese (Trad.)
- thi caVietnamese
- 诗（总称）Chinese (Simp.)
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