What does the word essence mean?

Usage examples for essence

  1. For it was by no means his object to represent this or that occurrence, to embrace one side of poetry, and explain it by figures and narrative; but it was his intention, as is plain from the last chapter of the first part, to express the real essence of poetry and explain its inmost aim. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  2. They were somehow drawn from Brahm's essence, on one occasion when he was awake. – Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen. by Dr. John Scudder