noun, plural po·e·sies.
- 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
How difficult, then, to ascertain the truth respecting our poesy and music!The Complete Works of Robert Burns: Containing his Poems, Songs, and Correspondence.|Robert Burns and Allan Cunningham
The first section, which alone concerns us here, is almost entirely based on the Defence of Poesy.A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance|Joel Elias Spingarn
Francis I.'s good will did more for learned and classical literature than for poesy.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Yet, in spite of all noble resolution, the voice of Poesy was sweet, and he could not shut his ears to it.Robert Burns|Gabriel Setoun
The spirit of poesy is the morning light, which makes the statue of Memnon sound.
noun plural -sies
Word Origin 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.