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Ten Words Every Poet Ought to Know

Every poet, without a shadow of a doubt, wants to be appreciated and acknowledged. However, little do many self-proclaimed poets know there exist different kinds of poets just like there are different kinds of poetic forms. While ‘poet’ seems to be the most commonly used term to denote someone who composes poems, it is very much possible to categorise poets. After you read this post, we believe you will get to know the category you belong to; so if you’re ready, get going!

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#1 Poet

We feel this ought to be the word you need to be well acquainted with first if you consider yourself a poet. In the English language, ‘poet’ not only refers to a person who writes good poetry but also means a person with great imagination and creativity. Therefore, as hilarious as it might sound, you don’t have to be a poet to be known as a poet! In other words, you don’t have to write great poems to be called a poet. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Well, to us, it sure does.

#2 Poetry

The word ‘poetry’ has several meanings in the English language. Right below, you will find five meanings of this word that traces back its origins to the Latin word ‘poētria’ meaning poetic art. 

  1. The practice of composing poems
  2. Literary work in metrical form
  3. Prose with poetic qualities
  4. Poetic qualities manifested in a particular way
  5. The characteristic quality of a poem

#3 Bard

While the word ‘bard’ can convey different meanings in different contexts, its poetic definitions are (i) a reciter of epic poems and (ii) a lyric poet.

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#4 Rhymester Or Rimester

The word ‘rhymester’ is reserved for an inferior poet. A rhymester, who can also be called a versifier, poetaster, poetiser or rhymer, has a mechanical diction and hardly employs any literary devices, besides, of course, rhyming.

#5 Troubadour

Originating from the French word ‘trobador’, which means ‘to find or compose’, this word initially referred to one of a class of lyric poets who resided mainly in Southern France between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, composing songs and poems on themes of courtly love. Lately, nonetheless, this word has come to mean a wandering singer.

#6 Balladeer

The word balladeer refers to a person who sings ballads, a type of narrative poetry that’s often rhythmic and metric. Such a person can also be called a crooner. 

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#7 Elegist

An elegist is a composer of elegies (singular: elegy, a mournful musical poem composed as a lament for a deceased person). Nevertheless, a melancholic composition expressing grief is an elegy too, and one can call the composer of such a piece an elegist.  

#8 Odist

An odist is a term reserved for poets who compose odes. 

#9 Sonneteer

The word sonneteer has got two distinct meanings in the English language. While it does refer to a person who writes sonnets, it is also a term used for an inferior poet. And no, William Shakespeare was not an inferior poet!

#10 Metrophobia

Last but not least, we’ve got the word ‘metrophobia’. As you will have guessed, this refers to some fear. But fear of what? Of poetry! And as you may have already figured, a person who fears poetry is called metrophobic. We can only hope you are not metrophobic!

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