Simple Poetry Definition

  •  the writings of a poet : poems

  •  something that is very beautiful or graceful

Source: Merriam – Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
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Full Poetry Definition

  1. a :  metrical writing :  verse b :  the productions of a poet :  poems

  2. 2:  writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm

  3. a :  something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression b :  poetic quality or aspect (the poetry of dance)

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Poetry is a style of writing that uses a formal organization and that is often divided up into lines or stanzas, or it refers to something beautiful.
  1. An example of poetry is the works of Robert Frost.
  2. An example of poetry is a beautiful song.


  1. the art, theory, or structure of poems
  2. poems; poetical works
    1. poetic qualities; the rhythm, feelings, spirit, etc. of poems
    2. the expression or embodiment of such qualities

Origin of poetry

Middle English poetrie ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin poetria ; from Classical Latin poeta, poet



  1. The act or practice of composing poems.
  2. a. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.
    b. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
  3. Literature written in meter; verse.
  4. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in vivid imagery or rhythmic sound.
  5. The essence or characteristic quality of a poem: “It is impossible to separate the ‘poetry’ in Paradise Lost from the peculiar doctrines that it enshrines” (T.S. Eliot).
  6. A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer’s movements.


Noun(usually uncountable, plural poetries)

  1. The class of literature comprising poems.
  2. Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.
  3. A poet’s literary production
  4. A ‘poetical’ quality, artistic and/or artful, which appeals or stirs the imagination, in any medium
    That ‘Swan Lake’ choreography is poetry in motion, fitting the musical poetry of Tchaikovsky’s divine score well beyond the literary inspiration

Poetry Definition by Percy  Bysshe Shelley

“Poetry is indeed something divine. It is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge; it is that which comprehends all science, and that to which all science must be referred. It is at the same time the root and blossom of all other systems of thought; it is that from which all spring, and that which adorns all; and that which, if blighted, denies the fruit and the seed, and withholds from the barren world the nourishment and the succession of the scions of the tree of life. It is the perfect and consummate surface and bloom of all things; it is as the odor and the color of the rose to the texture of the elements which compose it, as the form and splendor of unfaded beauty to the secrets of anatomy and corruption.”

“Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.”

“Poetry, in a general sense, may be defined to be ‘the expression of the imagination’: and poetry is connote with the origin of man.”

“Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.”

“Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.”

“All high poetry is infinite; it is as the first acorn, which contained all oaks potentially.”

Poetry Definition by Emily Dickinson

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?”

Poetry Definition by Robert Frost

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”

Poetry Definition by Salvatore Quasimodo

“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.”

Poetry Definition by Edgar Allan Poe

“I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is taste. With the intellect or with the conscience, it has only collateral relations. Unless incidentally, it has no concern whatever either with duty or with truth.”

Poetry Definition by Mary Oliver

“Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.”


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Poetry Definition By T.S. Eliot

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.”

Poetry Definition By William Wordsworth

“I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility: the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the tranquility gradually disappears, and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind.”

Poetry Definition By Philip Larkin

“As a guiding principle I believe that every poem must be its own sole freshly created universe, and therefore have no belief n ‘tradition’ or a common myth-kitty or casual allusions in poems to other poems or poets, which last I find unpleasantly like the talk of literary under strippers letting you see they know the right people.”

Poetry Definition By Matthew Arnold

“Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life; that the greatness of a poet lies in his powerful and beautiful application of ideas to life — to the question: How to live.”

Poetry Definition By Dylan Thomas

“Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.”

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