Definition of poesy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊɪzi/
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊɪsi/


[mass noun] archaic or literary
1Poetry: they were enamoured of poesy and the fine arts
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  • Their miniatures purposefully blur the lines between poesy and prose - short lyric stories that are stylistically reminiscent of the verse-libre.
  • This little epigraph is nothing more than a physical reflection of what scooted across so-and-so's mind while sitting and reflecting on a difficult passage or poesy or prose.
  • Minnesota's first poet laureate, Margarette Ball Dickson, crowned herself queen bee of poesy in 1934.
1.1The art or composition of poetry: the genius of poesy
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  • This anti-visual rhetoric of interiority is prevalent in much Romantic writing, from Keats's longing to escape on ‘the viewless wings of poesy,’ to Coleridge and Wordsworth's denunciation of the ‘despotism of the eye.’
  • John Keats described poesy as a ‘drainless shower of light‘.
  • How can motherhood, being ‘bodily’ occupied by the everyday common chores, be compatible with lyric flights of poesy?


Late Middle English: from Old French poesie, via Latin from Greek poēsis, variant of poiēsis 'making, poetry', from poiein 'create'.

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