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Definition of Poetry


  1. The art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression.
  2. Imaginative language or composition, whether expressed rhythmically or in prose. Specifically: Metrical composition; verse; rhyme; poems collectively; as, heroic poetry; dramatic poetry; lyric or Pindaric poetry.

Poetry Quotations

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Robert Frost

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.
T. S. Eliot

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

He could not die when trees were green, for he loved the time too well.
John Clare

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy
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Poetry Translations

poetry in Danish is digtning
poetry in German is Dichtkunst
poetry in Italian is poesia
poetry in Portuguese is poesia
poetry in Swedish is poesi, dikter
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