- 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.
poetry definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English poetrie ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin poetria ; from Classical Latin poeta, poet
poetry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The art or work of a poet.
- a. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.b. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
- A piece of literature written in meter; verse.
- Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
- The essence or characteristic quality of a poem.
- A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer's movements.
Origin: Middle English poetrie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta, poet; see poet.