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poetry Syllabification: po·et·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈpōətrē/

Definition of poetry in English:


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 poetry
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  • 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.
poems, verse, versification, metrical composition, rhymes, balladry
archaic poesy
1.1A quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems: poetry and fire are nicely balanced in the music
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  • 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 poetry
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with poetry

figtree • wintry • casuistry

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