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#159539 - 05/10/06 04:23 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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Doesn't poesy cover tuhin's question?




which sense, this one?
c: artificial, precious, or sentimentalized poetic writing


#159540 - 05/10/06 05:21 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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If you are speaking of, say, classical Latin poetry vs. modern free verse vs. Elizabethan sonnets, you might argue for using a plural of poetry and I would go with poetries.



it is of this which I agree.


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#159541 - 05/10/06 05:43 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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As in:

"The idea of belles lettres is in itself a French concept, and French poetry does stand apart even from the poetries of other Romance languages in its lyricism."

This from a website on translating Rimbaud.

#159542 - 05/10/06 06:03 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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just to be contrary, what would be wrong with recasting M's example as "French poetry does stand apart even from the poetry of other Romance languages in its lyricism."

#159543 - 05/10/06 07:35 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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nothing.


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#159544 - 05/10/06 07:57 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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nothing.




Of which this thread is much to do about.


#159545 - 05/10/06 08:11 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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> Of which this thread is much to do about.

pure poetry, Milo.


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#159546 - 05/10/06 08:16 PM pluralizing muses  
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The problem isn't the plural per se; it's that the plural changes the meaning of the noun radically.




What IP said. Meanwhile, I've heard "music" pluralized, and in the context, it makes sense.

#159547 - 05/10/06 10:07 PM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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As in:

"The idea of belles lettres is in itself a French concept, and French poetry does stand apart even from the poetries of other Romance languages in its lyricism."

This from a website on translating Rimbaud.




So why are you chasing him?


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#159548 - 05/14/06 08:03 AM Re: What is the Plural of the word POETRY?  
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So why are you chasing him?




Chasing whom?

To go back to the poetry of this fred, I agree that pluralising "poetry" adds another connotation to the basic meaning of the word (if "poetry" can ever be said to have a basic meaning). It stresses the plurality, in a context where you are possibly counting or enumerating or classifying poetries rather than looking into the art itself.

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