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poetry

[ poh-i-tree ]
/ ˈpoʊ ɪ tri /
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noun

the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
literary work in metrical form; verse.
prose with poetic qualities.
poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things.
poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry.
something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.

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Origin of poetry

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English poetrie, from Medieval Latin poētria “poetic art,” derivative of poētapoet, but formation is unclear; probably not from Greek poiḗtria “poetess”
2. Poetry, verse agree in referring to the work of a poet. The difference between poetry and verse is usually the difference between substance and form. Poetry is lofty thought or impassioned feeling expressed in imaginative words: Elizabethan poetry. Verse is any expression in words which simply conforms to accepted metrical rules and structure: the differences between prose and verse.
po·et·ry·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poetry

poetry
/ (ˈpəʊɪtrɪ) /

noun

literature in metrical form; verse
the art or craft of writing verse
poetic qualities, spirit, or feeling in anything
anything resembling poetry in rhythm, beauty, etc
C14: from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta poet
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