A metrical composition; a composition in verse written in certain measures, whether in blank verse or in rhyme, and characterized by imagination and poetic diction; -- contradistinguished from prose; as, the poems of Homer or of Milton.
- A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.
- A composition in verse rather than in prose.
- A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose.
- A creation, object, or experience having beauty suggestive of poetry.