poetry


poetry
poetry (n.) late 14c., "poetry; a poem; ancient literature; poetical works, fables, or tales," from O.Fr. poetrie (13c.), from M.L. poetria (c.650), from L. poeta (see POET (Cf. poet)). In classical Latin, poetria meant "poetess."
... I decided not to tell lies in verse. Not to feign any emotion that I did not feel; not to pretend to believe in optimism or pessimism, or unreversible progress; not to say anything because it was popular, or generally accepted, or fashionable in intellectual circles, unless I myself believed it; and not to believe easily. [Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), forward to "Selected Poems"]
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 Fr. poétiser), and poetrize (c.1600) have been tried.

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