from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or work of a poet.
- n. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.
- n. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
- n. A piece of literature written in meter; verse.
- n. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
- n. The essence or characteristic quality of a poem.
- n. A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer's movements.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The class of literature comprising poems.
- n. Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.
- n. A poet's literary production
- n. A 'poetical' quality, artistic and/or artfull, which appeals or stirs the imagination, in any medium
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression.
- n. Imaginative language or composition, whether expressed rhythmically or in prose. Specifically: Metrical composition; verse; rhyme; poems collectively
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That one of the fine arts which addresses itself to the feelings and the imagination by the instrumentality of musical and moving words; the art which has for its object the exciting of intellectual pleasure by means of vivid, imaginative, passionate, and inspiriting language, usually though not necessarily arranged in the form of measured verse or numbers.
- n. An imaginative, artistic, and metrical collocation of words so marshaled and attuned as to excite or control the imagination and the emotions; the language of the imagination or emotions metrically expressed.
- n. Composition in verse; a metrical composition; verse; poems: as, heroic poetry; lyric or dramatic poetry; a collection of poetry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
- n. literature in metrical form
Middle English poetrie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta, poet; see poet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ποίησις (poiesis, "poetry"), from ποιέω (poieō, "I make, do, create"). (Wiktionary)