Gnomic Poets

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gnomic Poets Greek poets, as Theognis and Solon, of the sixth century B. C., whose writings consist of short sententious precepts and reflections.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gnomic poets a class of writers of this form in Greek literature
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gnōmē, an opinion—gnōnai, gignōskein, to know.

Usage

In literature:

George Chapman, translator of Homer, dramatist, and gnomic poet, was born in 1559, and died in 1634.
"The Age of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But Bhartrihari, the still popular gnomic poet, was a Buddhist.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The chief gnomic poets were Theognis, Solon, Phocylides, Simonides of Amorgos, Demodocus, Xenophanes and Euenus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
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