Definition of Poet Laureate in English:

Poet Laureate

noun

  • An eminent poet appointed as a member of the British royal household.

    • ‘John Dryden was appointed the first Poet Laureate.’
    • ‘During the 1920s John Masefield, the future Poet Laureate, published two novels set in the imaginary Latin American republic of Santa Barbara, Sard Harker and ODTAA.’
    • ‘Its chairman was Robert Bridges, the Poet Laureate and a founder of the Society for Pure English, and its honorary secretary Arthur Lloyd James, a Welsh phonetician at the School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London.’
    • ‘Across the country poets, from amateurs to the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, will be spreading the power of the verse.’
    • ‘Ted Hughes the Poet Laureate was aware of Grimshaw and his impact on the community.’
    • ‘He gives a little whooping chuckle and his eyes flash behind his trademark thick-framed glasses as he tells the story of how he and Andrew Motion, the national Poet Laureate, dropped into Buck House.’
    • ‘William Wordsworth was appointed Poet Laureate - the day before his 73rd birthday.’
    • ‘No better time, then, to publish a special photo essay celebrating what was perhaps the most dramatic Ashes series of them all, with words by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion.’
    • ‘‘The prize, once described by Andrew Motion, the present Poet Laureate, as the one ‘most poets want to win’, is awarded by the Poetry Book Society.’’
    • ‘As well as the Thatchers, the village was also once home to Sir John Betjeman, the former Poet Laureate and was the birthplace of Thomas Hughes, the author of Tom Brown's School Days.’
    • ‘He was also considered for the Poet Laureateship in 1999 after the death of Ted Hughes (the Poet Laureate writes for state occasions and is considered as part of the Royal Household).’
    • ‘The whole project was supported by John Betjeman, Poet Laureate at the time, who described Denmark Hill Station as ‘a very fine Victorian thing, a monument to South London prosperity’.’
    • ‘The West Yorkshire house in which the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, was born is up for sale, almost 75 years on from his birth.’
    • ‘Oxford educated, lecturer, professor, editor, author, biographer, prize-winner and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Andrew Motion was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999.’
    • ‘On the death of Ted Hughes, Armitage was much fancied as the next Poet Laureate.’
    • ‘Although William Wordsworth was a popular poet, even appointed Poet Laureate in 1843, in his lifetime his writings on the Lake District far outsold any of his volumes of verse.’
    • ‘Hopefully it will receive more respect than the last addition to the Square, which was the seat carved from a tree trunk and ‘blessed’ by the Poet Laureate, Seamus Heaney.’
    • ‘The extensive library owned by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, has been sold to an American university.’
    • ‘Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, has written a new poem especially for this two-part series.’
    • ‘Only the long-lived Wordsworth, who was to be appointed Poet Laureate in 1843 in succession to Southey, could still be described as ‘flourishing’.’

The first Poet Laureate in the modern sense was Ben Jonson, but the title became established with the appointment of John Dryden in 1668. The Poet Laureate was formerly expected to write poems for state occasions, but since Victorian times the post has carried no specific duties. Since 2009 the post has been held by Carol Ann Duffy

Pronunciation

Poet Laureate