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ˈpoʊ ɪtpo·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poetnoun

    a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)


  1. poetnoun

    A person who writes poems.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POETnoun

    An inventor; an author of fiction; a writer of poems; one who writes in measure.

    Etymology: poete, Fr. poeta, Lat. ποιητὴς.

    The poet ’s eye in a fine frenzy rowling,
    Doth glance from heav’n to earth, from earth to heav’n;
    And, as imagination bodies forth
    The forms of things unknown, the poet ’s pen
    Turns them to shape, and gives to ev’ry thing
    A local habitation and a name. William Shakespeare.

    Our poet ape, who would be thought the chief,
    His works become the frippery of wit,
    From brocage he is grown so bold a thief,
    While we the robb’d despise, and pity it. Ben Jonson.

    ’Tis not vain or fabulous
    What the sage poets taught by the heav’nly muse
    Story’d of old in high immortal verse,
    Of dire chimeras and enchanted isles. John Milton.

    A poet is a maker, as the word signifies; and he who cannot make, that is invent, hath his name for nothing. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poetnoun

    one skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer

  2. Etymology: [F. pote, L. pota, fr. Gr. , fr. to make. Cf. Poem.]


  1. Poet

    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!"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poet

    pō′et, n. the author of a poem: one skilled in making poetry: one with a strong imagination:—fem. Pō′etess.—ns. Pō′etaster, a petty poet: a writer of contemptible verses; Pō′etastry.—adjs. Poet′ic, -al, pertaining or suitable to a poet or to poetry: expressed in poetry: marked by poetic language: imaginative.—adv. Poet′ically, in a poetic manner.—n.sing. Poet′ics, the branch of criticism which relates to poetry.—n. Poet′icule, a petty poet.—v.i. Pō′etise, to write as a poet: to make verses.—ns. Pō′et-lau′reate (see Laureate); Pō′etress (Spens.), a poetess; Pō′etry, the art of expressing in melodious words the thoughts which are the creations of feeling and imagination: utterance in song: metrical composition.—Poetic justice, ideal administration of reward and punishment; Poetic license, a departing from strict fact or rule by a poet for the sake of effect. [Fr. poète—L. poeta—Gr. poiētēspoiein, to make.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. poet

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. poet

    a person who express his Imaginative, sincere feelings/thoughts into the lyrics on the paper. A poet may simply be a writer of poetry, or may perform their art to an audience.

    Edgar Albert Guest was an American poet.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of poet in a Sentence


    People can be very low for self-interest, Man can do many things for self-interest. Poet Md. Hedaetul Islam

  2. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.

  3. Hesiod:

    Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

  4. Anonymous:

    A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

  5. Ahmed Korayem:

    You can kill the poet but never his rhyme

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