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po·et·ry (p-tr) n. 1. The art or work of a poet. 2. a. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature. b. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind. 3. A piece of literature written in meter; verse. 4. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound. 5. The essence or characteristic quality of a poem. 6. A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer's movements.


[Middle English poetrie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin potria, from Latin pota, poet; see poet.]

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. poetry - literature in metrical form poesy, verse hush, stillness, still - (poetic) tranquil silence; "the still of the night" epos - a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme literary genre, writing style, genre - a style of expressing yourself in writing epic poetry, heroic poetry - poetry celebrating the deeds of some hero dolor, dolour - (poetry) painful grief lyric - write lyrics for (a song) relyric - write new lyrics for (a song) rhyme, rime - compose rhymes tag - supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes alliterate - use alliteration as a form of poetry poetise, poetize, verse, versify - compose verses or put into verse; "He versified the ancient saga" metrify - compose in poetic meter; "The bard metrified his poems very precisely" spondaise, spondaize - make spondaic; "spondaize verses" elegise, elegize - compose an elegy sonnet - compose a sonnet sonnet - praise in a sonnet scan - conform to a metrical pattern lyric - of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way); "lyric poetry" sweet, sweetly - in an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly'); "Susan Hayward plays the wife sharply and sweetly"; "how sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank"- Shakespeare; "talking sweet to each other"

2. poetry - any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling

expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

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