the art of creating poems. Note: One function of poetry is to present images concretely (Holman & Harmon, 1992). literature in metrical form‹verse of "high merit"‹the major forms of which are epic, dramatic, and lyric in poetry. Note: While all poetry is verse, verse such as doggerel is not poetry. the art of recording and transmitting poems. something that has poetic qualities, as prose poetry, the poetry of ballet. See also poem; verse. adj. poetic; poetical.
Literature written in stylized or specially structured language, which may include the use of rhyme or meter, or may involve disruption of normal syntax, or the use of extremely concentrated images or allusions.
An imaginative response to experience reflecting a keen awareness of language. Its first characteristic is rhythm, marked by regularity far surpassing that of prose. Poetry's rhyme affords an obvious difference from prose. Because poetry is relatively short, it is likely to be characterized by compactness and intense unity. Poetry insists on the specific and the concrete. See Prose, Meter
Traditional poetry is language arranged in lines, with a regular rhythm and often a definite rhyme scheme. Nontraditional poetry does away with regular rhythm and rhyme, although is usually is set up in lines. The richness of its suggestions, the sounds of its words, and the strong feelings evoked by its line are often said to be what distinguish poetry from other forms of literature. Poetry is difficult to define, but most people know when they read it.
The work of a poet. The exalted, expressive, elevated use of words. Coleridge defined it as: 'the best words in the best order.' Poetry is, however, a highly subjective term. One man's poetry is another man's schmaltz! Compare with verse. See also Poets on Poetry.
Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, "making" or "creating") is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems, or may be used in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns or lyrics.