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poetry (ˈpəʊɪtrɪ Pronunciation for poetry

Definitions

noun

  1. literature in metrical form; verse
  2. the art or craft of writing verse
  3. poetic qualities, spirit, or feeling in anything
  4. anything resembling poetry in rhythm, beauty, etc

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poētapoet

Synonyms

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= verse, poems, rhyme, rhyming, poesy, verse composition, metrical composition

Quotations including 'poetry'

  • "Poetry is a kind of ingenious nonsense" [Isaac Barrow]
  • "Poetry is what gets lost in translation" [Robert Frost]
  • "Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen" [Fleur Adcock]
  • "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity" [William Wordsworth
  • "Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life" [Matthew Arnold
  • "Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry" [Gustave Flaubert
  • "Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat" [Robert Frost]
  • "As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines" [Lord Macaulay
  • "Poetry (is) a speaking picture, with this end; to teach and delight" [Sir Philip Sidney
  • "Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes" [Joseph Roux
  • "Prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in their best order" [Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • "Imaginary gardens with real toads in them" [Marianne Moore
  • "Poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history" [Aristotle
  • "Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it" [Jeremy Bentham]
  • "I am two fools, I know,For loving, and for saying soIn whining poetry" [John Donne
  • "Poetry's a mere drug, Sir" [George Farquhar
  • "I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down" [Robert Frost]
  • "If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all" [John Keats
  • "Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo" [Don Marquis]
  • "rhyme being... but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame metre" [John Milton
  • "Most people ignore most poetrybecausemost poetry ignores most people" [Adrian Mitchell
  • "All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is prose" [Molière
  • "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity" [Wilfred Owen
  • "it is not poetry, but prose run mad" [Alexander Pope

Translations for 'poetry'

  • British English: poetryPronunciation for poetry Poems, considered as a form of literature, are referred to as poetry.He wrote a great deal of poetry.ˈpəʊɪtrɪ NOUN
  • Arabic: شِعْرPronunciation for شِعْر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: poesiaPronunciation for poesia
  • Chinese: 诗篇Pronunciation for 诗篇
  • Croatian: poezijaPronunciation for poezija
  • Czech: poeziePronunciation for poezie
  • Danish: poesiPronunciation for poesi
  • Dutch: poëziePronunciation for poëzie
  • European Spanish: poesíaPronunciation for poesía
  • Finnish: runousPronunciation for runous
  • French: poésiePronunciation for poésie
  • German: LyrikPronunciation for Lyrik
  • Greek: ποίησηPronunciation for ποίηση
  • Italian: poesiaPronunciation for poesia
  • Japanese: 詩歌Pronunciation for 詩歌
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 시운문
  • Norwegian: poesiPronunciation for poesi
  • Polish: poezjaPronunciation for poezja
  • Portuguese: poesiaPronunciation for poesia
  • Romanian: poezie
  • Russian: поэзияPronunciation for поэзия
  • Spanish: poesíaPronunciation for poesía
  • Swedish: poesiPronunciation for poesi
  • Thai: บทกวีPronunciation for บทกวี
  • Turkish: şiirPronunciation for şiir
  • Ukrainian: поезія
  • Vietnamese: thơ caPronunciation for thơ ca

Example Sentences Including 'poetry'

A graphic little poem from one of the runners-up for the Callum Macdonald award for poetry pamphlets.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I hated poetry , I hated writing essays, I just didn't like English at all.
Irish Times (2002)
In the spring of 1959, he arrived at the apartment of his friend Barbara Guest with a box of books, mostly French poetry.
John Baxter DE NIRO: A Biography (2002)
She read, more than once, the two small volumes of poetry of Oliver Miles, which she had taken from the Malibu house.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
The poetry , on the other hand, sounded dully conventional, like Victorian verse.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
The results of the first Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for poetry pamphlets were announced recently.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
We had to do something to earn a living, and I'd always been fond of poetry.
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man
We might as well get right down to the points Fenton wants to make about poetry.
Globe and Mail (2003)
We value fields for their history, this poetry helps us to understand.
New Scientist (1998)

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