What does Poetry mean?

Definitions for Poetry
ˈpoʊ ɪ triPo·et·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poetry, poesy, versenoun

    literature in metrical form

  2. poetrynoun

    any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling

Wiktionary

  1. poetrynoun

    The class of literature comprising poems.

  2. poetrynoun

    Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.

  3. poetrynoun

    A poet's literary production

  4. poetrynoun

    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

  5. Etymology: From ποίησις, from ποιέω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Poetrynoun

    Etymology: ποιήτϱια; from poet.

    Strike the best invention dead,
    Till baffled poetry hangs down the head. John Cleveland.

    Although in poetry it be necessary that the unities of time, place and action should be explained, there is still something that gives a greatness of mind to the reader, which few of the criticks have considered. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 409.

    She taketh most delight
    In musick, instruments and poetry. William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Poetry

    Poetry (derived from the Greek poiesis, "making") is a form of literature that 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 prehistoric times with hunting poetry in Africa, and to panegyric and elegiac court poetry of the empires of the Nile, Niger, and Volta River valleys. Some of the earliest written poetry in Africa is found among the Pyramid Texts written during the 25th century BCE. The earliest Western Asian epic poetry, the Epic of Gilgamesh, was written in Sumerian. Early poems in the Eurasian continent evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing; or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, the Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient Greek 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 writing. 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, figures of speech such as 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. Some poetry types are specific to particular cultures and genres and respond to characteristics of the language in which the poet writes. Readers accustomed to identifying poetry with Dante, Goethe, Mickiewicz, or Rumi may think of it as written in lines based on rhyme and regular meter. There are, however, traditions, such as Biblical poetry, that use other means to create rhythm and euphony. Much modern poetry reflects a critique of poetic tradition, testing the principle of euphony itself or altogether forgoing rhyme or set rhythm. In today's increasingly globalized world, poets often adapt forms, styles, and techniques from diverse cultures and languages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poetrynoun

    the art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression

  2. Poetrynoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [OF. poeterie. See Poet.]

Freebase

  1. 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

  1. Poetry

    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. poetry

    1. A substitute for the impossible. 2. The bill and coo of sex.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Poetry

    Works that consist of literary and oral genre expressing meaning via symbolism and following formal or informal patterns.

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British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Poetry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3294

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Poetry' in Nouns Frequency: #1409

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Poetry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Poetry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Poetry in a Sentence

  1. W. H. Auden:

    Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.

  2. Charles Baudelaire:

    Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.

  3. L. Schefer:

    The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    A creative person, be it a singer, actor, artist, musician, dancer, etc., is a star who illuminates and warms the souls of the whole world with her amazing talent. But then star fever begins, that is, the star's creative crisis, her fame dies and she turns into a black hole of scandalous vanity, which sucks in all the attention of the surrounding worlds. 26. You are in the artificial intelligence of the herd instinct. How you behave is an artificial intelligence program. 2. Poetic ascension, like birdsong. For birds, singing is an instinct and an art. How many instincts are there on the canvas of thought. Like a splash of expression, a splash of emotion. Aria coming from the depths of the soul. Beautiful feelings of lyrics to tears. Harmony of color as a subtle aesthetics. Refined intuition of truth, like the sound of a violin. Leading to the heights of the highest feelings of the poetry of the spirit. 3. Graffiti is a gangsta painting, an anytopia of culture. 4. We are tiny particles of the universe. We are the energy that will evaporate. Consciousness in a dance with the subconscious seems to be leading the dance of eternity, as the present with the past and the future is unconscious, and the past is the subconscious and consciousness is the present. Life is accelerating that we do not always have time to say goodbye. We are moving towards the end point where we will gain eternity. But in life we ​​will not find eternity only in the torment of passions. We remain in this eternity like scars of reality in the form of ghosts. Life is the greatness of the romance of emptiness. The great philosophical path of the soul, up the ladder of insight. Where the crackle of reality is visible and there is a more real world. 5. We live in the twilight of unconsciousness. In the mystical fog of the vague consciousness of the timeless existence of the soul. 6. 1. Numerology of mercantileness is the codes of fate in which mostly selfish people are born. 2. Advertising is the dictator of culture. 7. harmony of what has no relationship with each other. Incompatible elements on earth have a harmony of existence. And all this creates harmony in the chaos itself. Also among people, incompatible people get along together. Love is the harmony of chaos. As if different elements of the universe mixed together to create the world. The world strives to get used to everything and everyone. Combine the incompatible. Create mestizo culture. 8. Experience is the metronome of intuition, the path to the philosophical aesthetics of thought. Actor's rehearsals of reincarnation in an endless repetition of an absurd life. The only way out is in the sincerity of the heart. 9. Thousands of subtle one-dimensional dimensions of egoism. Flat humor of reality. They are like dripping drops on the wall. They dry up in eternity. Shimmers and shimmers. One-dimensional worlds of egoists. Here logic rationalizes illusion and ridiculous paradoxes. We must wake up from life to see everything from the outside. the technical world of formality and the meticulous perfectionism of arrogance. 10. Holiness reduces gravity. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Amanda Gorman:

    Poetry is a weapon. It is an instrument of social change...and poetry is one of the most political arts out there because it demands that you rupture and destabilize the language in which you're working with. Inherently, you are pushing against the status quo. And so for me, it's always existed in that tradition of truth-telling.

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