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Origin and usage
The noun poet is a borrowing from French and Latin. It was first used in English in the 14th century.
Poet comes from the Latin ‘poeta’ and the French ‘poete’ (the word was originally written without an accent on the ‘e’). Yesterday was the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great English poet William Wordsworth. Generally regarded as the founder, along with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge, of the Romantic school of English poetry, Wordsworth is closely associated with the Lake District. He was born on the edge of this area of hills, mountains and lakes in north-west England and returned to live there in 1799. The landscapes of the Lakes were a source of inspiration to the poet throughout his life and feature in many of his best-known poems.
bard, rhyme, scan, verse
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