One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A poem; poems collectively, poetry, verse; poesy. Now rare.
2The process of making; production, creation; creativity, culture.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Hall (1529–1568/9), surgeon and author. From classical Latin poēsis poetry, a poem from ancient Greek πόησις, early variant of ποίησις creation, production, poetry, a poem.
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