poetry Definition

literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.

Using poetry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "poetry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She enjoys reading poetry in her free time.

  • Example

    The poet's use of imagery and metaphor made the poetry come alive.

  • Example

    He has published several books of poetry.

  • Example

    The poetry of the Romantic era is known for its emphasis on emotion and individualism.

poetry Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for poetry

Phrases with poetry

  • a type of spoken word poetry that is generally performed at events called poetry slams, characterized by its focus on performance, word play, and audience participation


    She won the slam poetry competition with her powerful and emotional performance.

  • a long, narrative poem that tells the story of a hero's journey or adventure, often featuring gods and other supernatural beings


    The Iliad and The Odyssey are two famous examples of epic poetry.

  • a type of poetry that expresses personal emotions or feelings, often in a song-like style


    Many of Shakespeare's sonnets are examples of lyric poetry.

Origins of poetry

from Greek 'poiesis', meaning 'making'


Summary: poetry in Brief

Poetry [ˈpəʊɪtri] is a form of literary work that emphasizes the expression of feelings and ideas through distinctive style and rhythm. It can be expressed in various forms such as slam poetry, epic poetry, and lyric poetry. Examples of poetry include works from the Romantic era and published books of poetry.

How do native speakers use this expression?