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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a film/music/poetry etc award
▪ the annual British music awards
▪ The Rock opens with the seasonal fertility cycle which had horrified the trapped Eliot of the earlier poetry and the dramatic fragments.
▪ So you read it all through, straight, and the enigmatic force of his early poetry strikes you again.
▪ Yet it is a pity that, as a corollary, his earlier and later poetry is left unread.
▪ Of course he acquired some better habits, such as that great liking for poetry and music.
▪ In his spare hours, he played the flute and read a great deal of poetry.
▪ She spoke a great deal about poetry.
▪ Evidently she read a great deal of poetry.
▪ His idiosyncratic usage is at once fascinating for analysis and a warning against making unwary generalisations about lyric poetry.
▪ Few critics join Ortega in refusing women even the conditions necessary to write lyric poetry on sentimental themes.
▪ Bakhtin is unusual among literary critics in making the focus of his activity the novel rather than lyric poetry or drama.
▪ There are no special deictic terms or elements to be found in lyric poetry.
▪ Folk-song is the direct ancestor of lyric poetry, and the simplest artistic form that unites the Apolline and the Dionysiac.
▪ In sum, lyric poetry is dependent on the spirit of music, while music itself is independent of language.
▪ Thus we can see that the discourse of lyric poetry is by no means unusual in its mobilisation of deixis.
▪ Within literary discourses, it seems that lyric poetry is the genre least likely to assist us.
▪ The work was completed, the Tyndalls eventually passed away and now the University has a music Department housed in pure poetry.
▪ He wished to put in a plea for the teaching of pure poetry in the primary school.
▪ Then again, poets seem able to turn bad love - selfish, shitty love into good love poetry.
▪ And they write this stuff called love poetry.
▪ Tell me how you write love poetry which is objective, scientific, and devoid of any personal presence.
▪ As audience he used occasionally to come to my poetry readings in the seventies and eighties.
▪ The commercial streets are filled with upscale shops, art galleries, outdoor cafes and bookstores where poetry readings are held.
▪ It was the internationalism of the 1965 poetry reading, cultural, post-Beat, off-beat, and art-oriented.
▪ Reception, Saturday, 6 to 9 p. m., with music, hosted bar and poetry readings.
▪ At the many poetry readings we set up for Andrei Voznesensky there were no protest interruptions.
▪ There were films to see and poetry readings to attend in small, smoky bars, all affordable for impoverished artists.
▪ The poetry reading at the institute.
▪ It's summer 1992, a poetry reading evening in a working men's club.
▪ The Waste Land begins a new poetry, or seeks to, but also marks the reborn post-war society.
▪ He began writing poetry in college and continues to this day.
▪ Felix's wife began to recite her poetry, and wondered about his air fare, and gave him some coffee.
▪ He began to write poetry while imprisoned for attempting to reform his Carmelite order.
▪ Dramatic as all that was, I did not really begin writing poetry till three to four years afterwards.
▪ In 1964-5, with John Hopkins, he set up Love Books, specifically to publish experimental writing and poetry.
▪ Between 1906 and 1936 she published five volumes of poetry, seven novels, and a number of short stories.
▪ There are some who have stolen from banks, there are some who have read poetry in Pushkin Square in Moscow.
▪ Her sister read poetry, searching out lines to quote.
▪ It is true that he had never read my poetry.
▪ The parent who loves reading poetry aloud should by all means read poetry.
▪ I refrained, saying that I could never in any circumstances read poetry aloud in public.
▪ To what extent students on such a degree would also need to read poetry in another language is a difficult question.
▪ Carr likes to read and write poetry and essays.
▪ Poets whose work was not specialized, however, also wrote poetry.
▪ Williams was a burly, goateed former Marine who wrote poetry.
▪ A poet must write poetry and a musician must make music - or they will never be happy.
▪ Carr likes to read and write poetry and essays.
▪ He discusses the benefits for all learners of listening to, reading and writing poetry.
▪ He began writing poetry in college and continues to this day.
▪ He wrote poetry and was a skilled musician and painter.
▪ He still loves music, drama, and writes poetry. 4.
▪ a poetry class
▪ He read me some of his poetry.
▪ The way she moves is pure poetry.
▪ And yet with what poetry did this petty man long for his niche and his pleasures.
▪ Aristotle scorned history as being unselective, whereas poetry and myth were not.
▪ As a piece of poetry, it seems a fairly conventional summoning of royal emblems.
▪ But Gary in his slow strangled voice spoke a kind of poetry as he told me about his previous life.
▪ His taste for poetry too reflects his tutor's skill.
▪ Quite clearly, Hausmann acknowledged its connection with Dada poetry.
▪ The commercial streets are filled with upscale shops, art galleries, outdoor cafes and bookstores where poetry readings are held.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Poetry \Po"et*ry\, n. [OF. poeterie. See Poet.]

  1. The art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression.

    For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language.

  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. ``The planetlike music of poetry.''
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    She taketh most delight In music, instruments, and poetry.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "poetry; a poem; ancient literature; poetical works, fables, or tales," from Old French poetrie (13c.), and perhaps directly from Medieval Latin poetria (c.650), from Latin poeta (see poet). In classical Latin, poetria meant "poetess."\n\n... I decided not to tell lies in verse. Not to feign any emotion that I did not feel; not to pretend to believe in optimism or pessimism, or unreversible progress; not to say anything because it was popular, or generally accepted, or fashionable in intellectual circles, unless I myself believed it; and not to believe easily. [Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), forward to "Selected Poems"]\n

\nPoetry -- meaning the aggregate of instances from which the idea of poetry is deduced by every new poet -- has been increasingly enlarged for many centuries. The instances are numerous, varied and contradictory as instances of love; but just as 'love' is a word of powerful enough magic to make the true lover forget all its baser and falser, usages, so is 'poetry' for the true poet.

[Robert Graves, "The White Goddess"]

\nFigurative use from 1660s. Old English had metergeweorc "verse," metercræft "art of versification." Modern English lacks a true verb form in this group of words, though poeticize (1804), poetize (1580s, from French poétiser), and poetrize (c.1600) have been tried. Poetry in motion (1826) perhaps is from poetry of motion (1813) "dance" (also poetry of the foot, 1660s).

n. 1 The class of literature comprising poems. 2 Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns. 3 A poet's literary production 4 A 'poetical' quality, artistic and/or artfull, which appeals or stirs the imagination, in any medium

  1. n. literature in metrical form [syn: poesy, verse]

  2. any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling

Poetry (magazine)

Poetry (founded as, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse), published in Chicago since 1912, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world. Founded by Harriet Monroe and now published by the Poetry Foundation, it is currently edited by Don Share. In 2007 the magazine has a circulation of 30,000, and printed 300 poems per year out of approximately 100,000 submissions. It is sometimes referred to as Poetry—Chicago.

Poetry has been financed since 2003 with a $200 million bequest from Ruth Lilly.

Poetry (film)

Poetry is a 2010 South Korean drama film written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to develop an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimer's disease and her irresponsible grandson. Yoon Jeong-hee stars in the leading role, which was her first role in a film since 1994. The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award. Other accolades include the Grand Bell Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress, the Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actress, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.

Poetry (disambiguation)

Poetry is a form of literature.

Poetry may also refer to:

  • Poetry (film), a 2010 South Korean film directed by Lee Chang-dong
  • Poetry (magazine), a journal published in Chicago
  • "Poetry", a song by Danity Kane from their 2008 album platinum-selling album Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • "Poetry", a song by Tamia from her 2004 album More
Poetry (album)

Poetry is an album by saxophonist Stan Getz which was recorded in 1983 and released on the Elektra/Musician label.


Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.

Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more generally regarded as a fundamental creative act employing language.

Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical or incantatory effects. The use of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and other stylistic elements of poetic diction often leaves a poem open to multiple interpretations. Similarly figures of speech such as metaphor, simile and metonymy create a resonance between otherwise disparate images—a layering of meanings, forming connections previously not perceived. Kindred forms of resonance may exist, between individual verses, in their patterns of rhyme or rhythm.

Some poetry types are specific to particular cultures and genres and respond to characteristics of the language in which the poet writes. Readers accustomed to identifying poetry with Dante, Goethe, Mickiewicz and Rumi may think of it as written in lines based on rhyme and regular meter; there are, however, traditions, such as Biblical poetry, that use other means to create rhythm and euphony. Much modern poetry reflects a critique of poetic tradition, playing with and testing, among other things, the principle of euphony itself, sometimes altogether forgoing rhyme or set rhythm. In today's increasingly globalized world, poets often adapt forms, styles and techniques from diverse cultures and languages.

Usage examples of "poetry".

Such a conception, appearing in a rude state of culture, before the lines between science, religion, and poetry had been sharply drawn, recommending itself alike by its simplicity and by its adaptedness to gratify curiosity and speculation in the formation of a thousand quaint and engaging hypotheses, would seem plausible, would be highly attractive, would very easily secure acceptance as a true doctrine.

Johnson, inferior to none in philosophy, philology, poetry, and classical learning, stands foremost as an essayist, justly admired for the dignity, strength, and variety of his style, as well as for the agreeable manner in which he investigates the human heart, tracing every interesting emotion, and opening all the sources of morality.

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.

Tuli Kupferberg, the percussionist with the Fugs, already had an album out of his readings from bizarre advertisements, and the remaining Fug, Ed Sanders, was down for a future poetry album.

For he approached the idea of the sacred vessel, not as did Sir Giles, through antiquity and savage folklore, nor as did the Archdeacon, through a sense of religious depths in which the mere temporary use of a particular vessel seemed a small thing, but through exalted poetry and the high romantic tradition in literature.

Rather than seek similar employment elsewhere, the young Basho, who had long been interested in poetry, abandoned his samurai status and, after studying for a while in Kyoto, moved to the military capital of Edo.

As he was writing his ode, I composed a sonnet on the same subject, and, expressing his admiration for it he begged me to sign it, and to allow him to send it with his poetry.

Yet not only the modernists Zesen and Birken, but Buchner and Logau as well, rejected all dialects as vehicles of poetry.

And the critics who think it very new and splendid to bring bohunks into poetry are equally old-fashioned in their ideas.

Whether or not these stories are true, it is true that a highborn lady of Saldaea is expected to be able to ride to the hunt all day while reciting poetry, then play the cittern at night while participating intelligently in discussions of how to counter Trolloc raids.

Female given name in Hellers, possibly cognate with various Terran words meaning lyre, harp, or the poetry or music written to be sung to it.

Every original language near to its source is in itself the chaos of a cyclic poem: the copiousness of lexicography and the distinctions of grammar are the works of a later age, and are merely the catalogue and the form of the creations of poetry.

So the philosophers reasoned, while the Priests, without replying to them or even smiling at their errors, wrote, in those Hieroglyphics that created all dogmas and all poetry, the Secrets of the Truth.

So the extermination of the Culex fasciatus would involve the destruction of the poetry of the ancestral cult,-- surely too great a price to pay!

The Commandant observed that they were all debauchees and drunkards, and advised me, as a friend, to renounce poetry as contrary to the service, and leading to nothing good.