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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POETRY

It is only in poetry that Cupid is more powerful than either Mammon or Mars.

Many volumes of poetry put in their claim to immortality every year.

Of the poetry we could not judge, but the music was miserable.

None of the poetry indeed by him cultivated was of any sort requiring study.

Neither science, philosophy, history, nor poetry held for him any interest.

Tolstoi, I am afraid, has missed all the poetry of Lear, all the deathless phrases.

Despite the tenderness of her poetry and her character, her reputation was unblemished.

These are the bits of our life which I enjoy; which have some poetry, some grandeur in them.

Even when an infant, and in your cradle, you had a soul for poetry.

The infinitive is often used in poetry after a verb of motion where we should use the present participle.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

Figurative 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).

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