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[poh-uh-see, -zee] /ˈpoʊ ə si, -zi/

noun, plural poesies.
the work or the art of poetic composition.


noun (pl) -sies
an archaic word for poetry
(poetic) the art of writing poetry
(archaic or poetic) a poem or verse, esp one used as a motto

late 14c., “poetry; poetic language and ideas; literature; a poem, a passage of poetry,” from Old French poesie (mid-14c.), from Vulgar Latin poesia (source of Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian poesia), from Latin poesis “poetry, a poem,” from Greek poesis “composition, poetry,” literally “a making, fabrication,” variant of poiesis, from poein, poiein “to make or compose” (see poet). Meaning “the art of poetry” is late 15c.


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