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This page has 3 definitions of poetry in English. Poetry is a noun. Examples of how to use poetry in a sentence are shown. Also define these 12 related words and terms: literature, verse, language, rhythm, poesy, prose, New York, poet, production, artistic, emotion, and medium.

See also: poëtry


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From Middle English poetrye, poetrie, a borrowing from Old French pöeterie, pöetrie, from Medieval Latin poētria, from poēta (poet), from Ancient Greek ποιητής (poiētḗs, poet; author; maker). Displaced native Old English lēoþcræft.



poetry (usually uncountable, plural poetries)

  1. Literature composed in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns and rhythm.
    Synonyms: (archaic) poesy, verse
    Antonym: prose
    • Verse definition
      A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme. (1 of 5 verse definitions)
    • Prose definition
      Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry. (1 of 3 prose definitions)
  2. A poet's literary production.
  3. (figurative) An artistic quality that appeals to or evokes the emotions, in any medium; something having such a quality.
    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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