from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or work of a poet.
- n. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.
- n. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
- n. A piece of literature written in meter; verse.
- n. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
- n. The essence or characteristic quality of a poem.
- n. A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer's movements.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The class of literature comprising poems.
- n. Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns.
- n. A poet's literary production
- n. A 'poetical' quality, artistic and/or artfull, which appeals or stirs the imagination, in any medium
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of apprehending and interpreting ideas by the faculty of imagination; the art of idealizing in thought and in expression.
- n. Imaginative language or composition, whether expressed rhythmically or in prose. Specifically: Metrical composition; verse; rhyme; poems collectively
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That one of the fine arts which addresses itself to the feelings and the imagination by the instrumentality of musical and moving words; the art which has for its object the exciting of intellectual pleasure by means of vivid, imaginative, passionate, and inspiriting language, usually though not necessarily arranged in the form of measured verse or numbers.
- n. An imaginative, artistic, and metrical collocation of words so marshaled and attuned as to excite or control the imagination and the emotions; the language of the imagination or emotions metrically expressed.
- n. Composition in verse; a metrical composition; verse; poems: as, heroic poetry; lyric or dramatic poetry; a collection of poetry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
- n. literature in metrical form
I have never been able to figure out what "SF poetry" is, what it's supposed to do, how it is different from other types of poetry**, so I can't join him in that argument, but I do think that the poetry that gets called SF Poetry ought to have a larger horizon, because by the standards of literature outside of the SF world, SF poetry makes most speculative fiction look daring and formally innovative.
Although I remember fondly a poetry book someone made for me with his own Mad poetry that was a way kewl present!!
But waiving this, of which it was not my intention to speak, let me remark, that the reason why poetry will no longer go down with the public, _as poetry_, is, that the whole frame-work is worn out.
He had no idea that poetry -- _poetry_ -- rhymed "annuities" with "true it is" and "Jew it is."
As the unprejudiced reader sees [Dr Gummere proceeds] this clear and admirable account confirms the doctrine of early days revived with fresh ethnological evidence in the writings of Dr Brown and of Adam Smith, that dance, poetry and song were once a single and inseparable function, and is in itself fatal to the idea of rhythmic prose, of solitary recitation, as foundations of poetry .
These are not stark and stiffened persons, but the new-born poetry of God, poetry without stop, hymn, ode and epic, poetry still flowing and not yet caked in dead books with annotation and grammar, but Apollo and the Muses chanting still.
I have written before that any history of poetry is inevitably a history of change in poetry, and that an inevitable consequence is that the well-wrought urn is almost invariably a trivial accomplishment.
From this perspective, the lyrical topos of nightlife in poetry is the primary form of that which takes place, secondarily, in the world.
Simon: your comments about Af-Am poets are patronizing. & as I tried to suggest, “intelligence” in poetry is not about “display” or braininess.
To read through his entire body of work in poetry is constantly revelatory and rewarding.