- 1Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature: he is chiefly famous for his love poetryMore example sentences
- Drama, literature, and poetry all work out ideas of standards of behaviour and their consequences.
- Because he did not have any formal education in art, his aesthetic ideas derived from poetry and literature.
- I was brought up with the idea that poetry should rhyme; shape poems and the like were unheard of.
- 1.1A quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems: poetry and fire are nicely balanced in the musicMore example sentences
- This has far more beauty and poetry and poignancy and soul than we were expecting from the property.
- This is largely the failing of a vapid script that lacks both strong characterisations and poetry.
- Sokurov's drama has a haunting quality to it and moments of poetry found in the simplest of shots.
- 1.2Something regarded as comparable to poetry in its beauty: the music department is housed in a building that is pure poetryMore example sentences
- To some it's as mundane as plumbing, but to me the connection of A to B is pure poetry.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin poetria, from Latin poeta 'poet'. In early use the word sometimes referred to creative literature in general.