Meaning of “poetry” in the English Dictionary

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"poetry" in British English

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poetrynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpəʊ.ɪ.tri/ us /ˈpoʊ.ə.tri/

B1 poems in general as a form of literature:

contemporary poetry and prose
She started writing poetry at a young age.

a very beautiful or emotional quality:

This film has a savage poetry and brilliance.

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  • There is a spiritual dimension to her poetry.
  • There have been a fantastic number of entries for this year's poetry competition.
  • He dedicated his poetry to the glory of God.
  • He regarded poetry as sentimental self-expression.
  • Those two lines of poetry express perfectly the profound sadness of loss.

(Definition of “poetry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poetry" in American English

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poetrynoun [ U ]

us /ˈpoʊ·ɪ·tri/

literature poems, esp. as a form of literature:

the poetry of John Donne

(Definition of “poetry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)