Meaning of poetry

po•et•ry

Pronunciation: (pō'i-trē), [key]
— n.
  1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
  2. literary work in metrical form; verse.
  3. prose with poetic qualities.
  4. poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things.
  5. poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry.
  6. something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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