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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
poet laureate
▪ He was already a famous poet and playwright, but he was a family man, too.
▪ Susskind Eikhl is a famous poet.
▪ But in the principality last week he was hailed as a greater poet than Dylan Thomas.
▪ The myths as we have them are the creation of great poets.
▪ But one great poet is perhaps enough in any family, even the most civilized.
▪ He is so great that we poets who came after have to carry him around on our backs.
▪ The great poets then start the recitation of their work.
▪ The great modernist poet Wallace Stevens supported himself as an executive at a Hartford insurance company.
▪ The little village of Grasemere has inspired many of our great artists and poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Ruskin.
▪ Thomas Aquinas, and its greatest poet, Dante Alighieri.
▪ The romantic poets were interested in extremes of emotion, and there were frequent undertones in their writings of sadism and death.
▪ The same note of emotional catharsis was sounded by the Romantic poets in general, after the desiccation of late neoclassicism.
▪ Or the works of Charles Dickens sandwiched between a well-thumbed leather-bound edition of the Romantic poets and three volumes of philosophy.
▪ Like the legendary biographies of the Romantic poets, realism is at best a by-product of art and not its raisond'être.
▪ Born in 1818, he had been educated under the supervision of the liberally inclined Romantic poet Vasilii Zhukovskii.
▪ The others present were young poets whose work he liked.
▪ The latter was more than anything else a showcase for younger expressionist poets like Georg Heym.
▪ What inspired that rebellious young poet called Rimbaud?
▪ Later he became poet laureate of the United States.
▪ Morris wrote endlessly and was even offered the post of poet laureate.
▪ In this context, what goes on outside, what is actually written by poets and novelists, is of minor interest.
▪ It is only when Alvarez starts to write about poetry and poets that the book comes to life.
a frustrated artist/actor/poet etc
▪ He is so great that we poets who came after have to carry him around on our backs.
▪ It is a chapter commenting on the differences between recent poets and poets of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
▪ Later on a poet with real soul, but now with the Friday sport, here's Tim.
▪ The poet Francis Rose wrote in 1855 of how King Alfred ... his blow-stone blew.
▪ The dreams of nineteenth-century poets polluted the psychic atmosphere of the great boroughs and suburbs of New York.
▪ Use of the name was, in fact, standard for female poets.
▪ With his teachers he salvaged from oblivion many of the Swahili poets, notably the Mombasa poet, Bwana Muyaka.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Poet \Po"et\, n. [F. po["e]te, L. po["e]ta, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to make. Cf. Poem.] One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.

A poet is a maker, as the word signifies.

Poet laureate. See under Laureate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "a poet, a singer" (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French poete (12c., Modern French poète) and directly from Latin poeta "a poet," from Greek poetes "maker, author, poet," variant of poietes, from poein, poiein "to make, create, compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from root *kwei- "to pile up, build, make" (cognates: Sanskrit cinoti "heaping up, piling up," Old Church Slavonic činu "act, deed, order").\n

\nReplaced Old English scop (which survives in scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical languages, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature. Poète maudit, "a poet insufficiently appreciated by his contemporaries," literally "cursed poet," attested by 1930, from French (1884, Verlaine). For poet laureate see laureate.


n. A person who writes poems.


n. a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)


A poet is a person who writes poetry. Poets may describe themselves as such or be described as such by others. A poet may simply be a writer of poetry, or may perform their art to an audience.

The work of a poet is essentially one of communication, either expressing ideas in a literal sense, such as writing about a specific event or place, or metaphorically. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary greatly in different cultures and time periods. Throughout each civilization and language, poets have used various styles that have changed through the course of literary history, resulting in a history of poets as diverse as the literature they have produced.

Poet (disambiguation)

A poet is a person who writes poetry.

Poet or poets may also refer to:

  • Poets (song), by The Tragically Hip
  • Arnold "Poet" Jackson, a fictional character
  • , a General G. O. Squier-class transport ship

  • POET, an American biofuel company
  • Ash-Shu'ara, the twenty-sixth sura of the Qur'an, usually translated as “The Poets”.

Usage examples of "poet".

It was at the house of these friends that Casanova became acquainted with the poet, Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Even if Sdan or Poet thought it a good idea to tempt Wesley to join them, which I do not believe is the case, Darryl Adin would not hear of it.

He possessed the elegant accomplishments of a poet and orator, which dignify as well as adorn the humblest and the most exalted station.

Fouquet, full of affability, good humor, and munificence, was beloved by his poets, his artists, and his men of business.

It would take a united High Councilwhich should happen when the Thun raiders become agriculturalists and poets, and not beforeor a large number of Black Robes agreeing to do his bidding.

You used ahimsa as a weapon to make the poet let you recite the poem, and now the poet is dead.

Though in his technique he is almost free from symbolist influences, the general spirit of his poetry is much more akin to symbolism than to that of the younger school, for, alone of the younger poets, he is a mystic.

The first album recorded was of the poet Charles Olson reading from his new book Maximus IV, V, VI, as well as parts of the Mayan Letters and other works.

Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time, Tiering the same dull webs of discontent, Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.

If you object to my terminology as exalting too much the common man, as putting sacred things to profane use, as demeaning prophecy and nobility and poesy, I shall answer that it is because of the narrowing definitions of convention that only the makers of verses, and not all of those, are poets, that only men of certain birth or ancestry or favor are dukes, and that prophets have entirely disappeared.

If, as has chanced to others--as chanced, for example, to Mangan-- outcast from home, health and hope, with a charred past and a bleared future, an anchorite without detachment and self-cloistered without self-sufficingness, deposed from a world which he had not abdicated, pierced with thorns which formed no crown, a poet hopeless of the bays and a martyr hopeless of the palm, a land cursed against the dews of love, an exile banned and proscribed even from the innocent arms of childhood--he were burning helpless at the stake of his unquenchable heart, then he might have been inconsolable, then might he have cast the gorge at life, then have cowered in the darkening chamber of his being, tapestried with mouldering hopes, and hearkened to the winds that swept across the illimitable wastes of death.

In fact, up to the present time, this current alone has received attention from the epical poet, the annalist, the historian, and the sociologist.

But this discussion is immaterial, since these supreme examples of literary excellence exist in all kinds of composition,--poetry, fable, romance, ethical teaching, prophecy, interpretation, history, humor, satire, devotional flight into the spiritual and supernatural, everything in which the human mind has exercised itself,--from the days of the Egyptian moralist and the Old Testament annalist and poet down to our scientific age.

That holds good also of the Apocalyptists and the poets of the Christian Sibylline sayings.

This undergraduate certainty of success gives rise to anxieties, foremost being the autobiography or apologia pro vita sua the poet someday has to write.