One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounliterary, archaic
1Poetry.‘they were enamoured of poesy and the fine arts’
poetry, versification, metrical composition, rhythmical composition, rhyme, rhyming, balladry, doggerelView synonyms
- ‘This little epigraph is nothing more than a physical reflection of what scooted across so-and-so's mind while sitting and reflecting on a difficult passage or poesy or prose.’
- ‘Minnesota's first poet laureate, Margarette Ball Dickson, crowned herself queen bee of poesy in 1934.’
- ‘We are enchanted by Bauby's poesy; we wonder at the courage of a man who can mentally survive his ordeal; and we experience frissons of there-but-for-the-grace-of-God horror down our spines.’
- ‘I bet you have your own sheaf of pathetic poesy you want to bore us with.’
- ‘Their miniatures purposefully blur the lines between poesy and prose - short lyric stories that are stylistically reminiscent of the verse-libre.’
- 1.1 The art or composition of poetry.‘the genius of poesy’
- ‘Some of his attempts at poesy almost end up counter-productive.’
- ‘Littlewood's vision was not based on Shakespeare as the pinnacle of the English poesy, nor on the literary angry young men being championed by George Devine's Royal Court.’
- ‘John Keats described poesy as a ‘drainless shower of light‘.’
- ‘This anti-visual rhetoric of interiority is prevalent in much Romantic writing, from Keats's longing to escape on ‘the viewless wings of poesy,’ to Coleridge and Wordsworth's denunciation of the ‘despotism of the eye.’’
- ‘Barron Field wrote off Australia as ‘prose-dull’, and hoped that the wings of poesy - as he fatuously put it - would soon whirl him away to a more amenable clime. There was no question of Australians being permitted to create art of their own.’
- ‘Superstitious turtle Churchy LaFemme was the putative author of many of these gems, though the rest of the cast could be just as prone to poesy.’
- ‘How can motherhood, being ‘bodily’ occupied by the everyday common chores, be compatible with lyric flights of poesy?’
Late Middle English: from Old French poesie, via Latin from Greek poēsis, variant of poiēsis ‘making, poetry’, from poiein ‘create’.
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