- Poetry is a style of writing that uses a formal organization and that is often divided up into lines or stanzas, or it refers to something beautiful.
- An example of poetry is the works of Robert Frost.
- An example of poetry is a beautiful song.
- the art, theory, or structure of poems
- poems; poetical works
- poetic qualities; the rhythm, feelings, spirit, etc. of poems
- the expression or embodiment of such qualities
Origin of poetryMiddle English poetrie ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin poetria ; from Classical Latin poeta, poet
- The act or practice of composing poems.
- a. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.b. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
- Literature written in meter; verse.
- Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in vivid imagery or rhythmic sound.
- The essence or characteristic quality of a poem: “It is impossible to separate the ‘poetry’ in Paradise Lost from the peculiar doctrines that it enshrines” (T.S. Eliot).
- A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer's movements.
Origin of poetryMiddle English poetrie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta, poet; see poet.
(usually uncountable, plural poetries)
- 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