Poetry definition

pōĭ-trē
The act or practice of composing poems.
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Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in vivid imagery or rhythmic sound.
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The essence or characteristic quality of a poem.
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The art, theory, or structure of poems.
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Poems; poetical works.
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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.

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Literature written in meter; verse.
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Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.
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Poetic qualities; the rhythm, feelings, spirit, etc. of poems.
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The expression or embodiment of such qualities.
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Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.
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A poet's literary production.
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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.

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The class of literature comprising poems.
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A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony.

The poetry of the dancer's movements.

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The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
poetry
Plural:
poetries

Origin of poetry

  • Middle English poetrie from Old French from Medieval Latin poētria from Latin poēta poet poet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French poetrie, from Latin poetria, from Ancient Greek ποίησις (poiesis, “poetry"), from ποιέω (poieō, “I make, do, create").

    From Wiktionary