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What is a poet laureate?
Poet laureate is a title given to a poet in recognition of their poetry. The title originated in Great Britain but in modern times, countries, states, cities, and similar places, including Tribal nations, name poet laureates.
Great Britain’s poet laureate holds the title for the remainder of their life and there is only one poet laureate at a time. They are an officer of the royal family of Great Britain, receiving a salary, although in modern times they no longer have official duties.
The poet laureate of the United States is appointed by the Librarian of Congress and serves a one-year term, promoting poetry nationally. All but five US states have state poets laureate and many cities honor poets this way as well.
Example: The city’s poet laureate has been covering the local unrest in her series of freeform poems.
Where does poet laureate come from?
The first records of the term poet laureate come from the mid-1300s. It combines the word poet, meaning “a person who creates poetry,” and laureate, meaning “a person honored for distinction in a field.”
The first official poet laureate of Great Britain, Ben Jonson, was appointed in 1616. Formerly, poet laureates were expected to write poetry for birthdays or anniversaries of members of the royal family, but Queen Victoria ended that practice in 1843, when she appointed William Wordsworth as poet laureate.
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How is poet laureate used in real life?
Poet laureate most often is used to refer to an appointed position.
"I liked the idea that a poem was small enough that it could get inside of you and stay." —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate
— Jen Benka (@jenbenka) June 14, 2017
RIP & Godspeed Ron Hynes. The Poet Laureate of Newfoundland and Labrador, the man of a thousand songs has died.
— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) November 20, 2015
Congratulations to Los Angeles's new poet laureate, Robin Coste Lewis! 🎈🎉📚
— Kima Jones 🐇💫 (@kima_jones) April 27, 2017
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The poet laureate for the United States serves for four years.
How to use poet laureate in a sentence
Nemerov is connected to Greenberg through his father, the poet Howard Nemerov, a lion of mid-century American culture who served two terms as the country’s poet laureate.Helen Frankenthaler came from wealth and privilege. Her art transcends that.|Philip Kennicott|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
This year, we’ll be hanging on the every word of a poet laureate, for the first time in football history.We Tried To Predict Which Word Amanda Gorman Would Say First At The Super Bowl|Josh Hermsmeyer|February 3, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The poet apparently collapsed in the street upon his departure from “The Horse” and died not long after.
A Harvard-educated poet and professor, Linsker was arrested early Sunday morning and released without bail later that day.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop|Jacob Siegel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So many were arrested in Leningrad, the poet Anna Akhmatova said, that the city “dangled like an appendage from its prisons….”
Who was the most erotic poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, when the quatrain reached its courtly zenith?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, for that matter, where is our poet who could damn any of them for it?
Rene le Pays, a French poet, died; well known at court by his miscellanies.
Richard Brathwaite, an English poet and miscellaneous writer, died.
But if people will insist on patting a strange poet, they mustn't be surprised if they get a nasty bite!
Richard Cumberland died; eminent as a British poet, essayist, novelist and dramatic writer.
Bonnell Thornton died; an English poet, essayist and miscellaneous writer, and translator of Plautus.
British Dictionary definitions for poet laureate
Cultural definitions for poet laureate
The national poet in Britain. Historically, the poet laureate's duty has been to compose official poetry for the king's or queen's birthday and for great public occasions, such as victories in war, coronations, and births and weddings in the royal family. The poets laureate of Britain have included Geoffrey Chaucer, William Wordsworth, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.