Definition of "poetry" [po•et•ry]

  • The art or work of a poet. (noun)
  • Poems regarded as forming a division of literature. (noun)
  • The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind. (noun)
  • A piece of literature written in meter; verse. (noun)
  • Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound. (noun)

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Use "poetry" in a sentence
  • "I have never been able to figure out what "SF poetry" is, what it's supposed to do, how it is different from other types of poetry**, so I can't join him in that argument, but I do think that the poetry that gets called SF Poetry ought to have a larger horizon, because by the standards of literature outside of the SF world, SF poetry makes most speculative fiction look daring and formally innovative."
  • "  Although I remember fondly a poetry book someone made for me with his own Mad poetry… that was a way kewl present!!"
  • "But waiving this, of which it was not my intention to speak, let me remark, that the reason why poetry will no longer go down with the public, _as poetry_, is, that the whole frame-work is worn out."