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poet n : a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)

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From Old French poete < poēta "poet, author" < (poiētēs) "creator, maker, author, poet" < (poieō) "I make or compose" < PIE *kwoiwo- "making" < base *qwei- "to make".



  1. a person who writes poems


person who writes poems
  • Chiense:
    Mandarin: 诗人 (shī rén)
  • Dutch: dichter
  • Finnish: runoilija
  • French: poète
  • German: Poet, Dichter
  • Greek: ποιητής, ποιήτρια
  • Hungarian: költő, poéta
  • Icelandic: skáld, ljóðskáld
  • Ido: poeto
  • Irish: bard
  • Italian: poeta, poetessa
  • Japanese: 詩人
  • Kurdish:
  • Malayalam: കവി
  • Maltese: poeta, poetessa
  • Portuguese: poeta, poetisa
  • Russian: поэт, поэтесса
  • Serbian: pesnik , pesnikinja , pesmopisac , pesmopisateljica
  • Scottish Gaelic: bard
  • Spanish: poeta, poetisa
  • Swedish: poet
  • Telugu: కవి, కవయిత్రి
  • Welsh: bardd



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Extensive Definition

A poet is an person who writes poetry.


From the ancient greek : ποιέω, poieō : "I make or compose" ; ποιητης, poïêtes : "artisan, creator, maker, author, poet" > Latin : poēta : "poet, author" > Old French : (1200-1400) poëte or poète > Used (poet) in 14th. century, in classical english language, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature.

List of many poets classed by language in alphabetical order

See also


Paradise Lost, as drawn by Gustave Doré. Maxfield Parrish, an illustration from Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field. (1904) 's calligramme. (1918)
poet in Azerbaijani: Şair
poet in Bulgarian: Поет
poet in Chuvash: Сăвăç
poet in Welsh: Bardd
poet in Danish: Digter
poet in German: Poet
poet in Modern Greek (1453-): Ποιητής
poet in Spanish: Poeta
poet in Esperanto: Poeto
poet in French: Poète
poet in Scottish Gaelic: Bàrd
poet in Korean: 시인
poet in Hindi: कवि
poet in Iloko: Mannaniw
poet in Indonesian: Penyair
poet in Icelandic: skáld
poet in Italian: Poeta
poet in Hebrew: משורר
poet in Kurdish: Helbestvan
poet in Hungarian: Költő
poet in Malayalam: കവി
poet in Dutch: Dichter
poet in Japanese: 詩人
poet in Norwegian: Poet
poet in Polish: Poeta
poet in Russian: поэт, поэтесса
poet in Sanskrit: कवि
poet in Scots: Makar
poet in Simple English: Poet
poet in Slovak: Básnik
poet in Slovenian: pesnik
poet in Finnish: Runoilija
poet in Swedish: Poet
poet in Thai: กวี
poet in Turkish: Şair
poet in Ukrainian: Поет
poet in Venetian: Poeta
poet in Yiddish: דיכטער
poet in Chinese: 诗人

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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