Meaning of poet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpəʊɪt/

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  • 1A person who writes poems.

    ‘The radio play became an art form in its own right and attracted novelists and poets as well as dramatists.’
    • ‘The two are linked by Heinrich Heine, the German poet whose writing spawned them.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to say that we have a good number of poets who can write but cannot read.’
    • ‘A collection of poems by Indian poets has just been translated and published in Taiwan.’
    • ‘They play a significant and neglected part in the way poets write and readers read.’
    • ‘It is in order to write that so many poets have tried to live the reveries of opium.’
    • ‘Arab poets wrote better romantic poetry than Rimbaud and Verlaine as long ago as the tenth century.’
    • ‘Picturing the unknown, they acted like novelists or poets, inviting readers to imagine hidden worlds.’
    • ‘During the nineteenth century almost all poets wrote poetry in dramatic form.’
    • ‘The poet is trying to write a poem but he does not know what he is trying to say until he has said it and recognised it.’
    • ‘Novelists, poets and playwrights all see such biographers as parasites.’
    • ‘It's an observed phenomenon that some poets go on writing wonderful poems right into a really advanced age.’
    • ‘Few poets write more than a handful of great poems, which is why the same ones keep cropping up.’
    • ‘Being everywhere at once while going nowhere in particular is what poets do, and Yeats did it.’
    • ‘The cumulative effect of these descent scenes is to establish Spenser as the poet of initiations.’
    • ‘Wordsworth has been transformed by literary theory from a poet of nature to a key figure of modernity.’
    • ‘The failed poet writes short stories, and the failed short story writer writes novels.’
    • ‘Again the essays by poets confirm this endless struggle to complete a poem.’
    • ‘Some were written by well-known romantic poets in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The Index reveals an alternative literary canon of the poets most widely read in printed miscellanies.’
    verse writer, versifier, verse-maker, rhymester, rhymer, sonneteer, lyricist, lyrist, elegist
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    1. 1.1A person possessing special powers of imagination or expression.
      ‘he is more poet than academic because of his gift for language’
      • ‘And those who translate such works into English today tend to be academics rather than poets.’
      • ‘The story of this disaster was developed by the imagination of numerous poets.’


Middle English from Old French poete, via Latin from Greek poētēs, variant of poiētēs ‘maker, poet’, from poiein ‘create’.