What does poetry mean?

Definitions for poetryˈpoʊ ɪ tri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word poetry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. poetry, poesy, verse(noun)

    literature in metrical form

  2. poetry(noun)

    any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling


  1. poetry(Noun)

    The class of literature comprising poems.

  2. poetry(Noun)

    Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.

  3. poetry(Noun)

    A poet's literary production

  4. poetry(Noun)

    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. Origin: From ποίησις, from ποιέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poetry(noun)

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

  2. Poetry(noun)

    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. Origin: [OF. poeterie. See Poet.]


  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. poetry

    Poetry Forms -- Read about the various poetry forms and types including definitions and examples.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Louis Stevenson:

    Wine is bottled poetry.

  2. Plutarch:

    Painting is silent poetry.

  3. George Farquhar:

    Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Poetry is the beauty of life.

  5. Marianne Moore:

    Poetry is all nouns and verbs.

Images & Illustrations of poetry

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