- the work or the art of poetic composition.
- poetry in general.
- verse or poetry in metrical form.
- a poem or verse used as a motto.Compare posy(def 2).
- a poem.
Origin of poesy
Examples from the Web for poesy
At least I can do none of these things, and poesy wearies me to read, much more to write.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
How difficult then to ascertain the truth respecting our poesy and music!The Letters of Robert Burns
And he is wise too; for he is a poet, and the author of poesy in others.Symposium
Neither of the partners in poesy had the least idea of anything more than being just that.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Has he ever drunk deep draughts from old fountains of poesy?
- an archaic word for poetry
- poetic the art of writing poetry
- archaic, or poetic a poem or verse, esp one used as a motto
Word Origin and History for poesy
late 14c., "poetry; poetic language and ideas; literature; a poem, a passage of poetry," from Old French poesie (mid-14c.), from Vulgar Latin poesia (source of Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian poesia), from Latin poesis "poetry, a poem," from Greek poesis "composition, poetry," literally "a making, fabrication," variant of poiesis, from poein, poiein "to make or compose" (see poet). Meaning "the art of poetry" is late 15c.