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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Is the origin of poet from poe?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (10137points) February 16th, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe?

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janbb's avatar

The word “poet” existed long before Edgar Allan Poe did so it couldn’t be derived from his name.

Seek's avatar

The etymology is:

Middle English: from Old French poete, via Latin from Greek poētēs, variant of poiētēs ‘maker, poet,’ from poiein ‘create.’

rojo's avatar

From Merriam-Webster:

Middle English, from Anglo-French poete, from Latin poeta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up

First Known Use: 14th century

So, considerably earlier than Poe (1809 – 1849) Best I have been able to find was that his grandfather, David Poe, was born in 1742 in Cavan, Ireland.

Seek's avatar

And while Poe did have some lovely poetry, the vast majority of his work was short stories.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Actually, you have it backwards. He changed his name to Poe because he loved poetry.
He started out John Libacious Walker.

Strauss's avatar

^And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge for sale…

LostInParadise's avatar

Words derived from people’s names are called eponyms. A few of my favorites:

derrick – named for a hangman

guillotine – named for French doctor who thought it was a more humane way of killing people

sideburns – named after Civil War general Burnsides, who had prominent sideburns

sandwich – named for Earl of Sandwich, who was an avid gambler and found that sandwiches allowed him to have lunch while gambling

Here is a list of some others.

Patty_Melt's avatar

NEAT! ^^^^^

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