Definition of poetic in English:



  • 1Relating to or used in poetry.

    ‘the muse is a poetic convention’
    • ‘The beginnings of any kind of valid poetry or poetic stirrings in Australia date into the present century.’
    • ‘The writing is rhythmic and poetic and the characters so real that you long to know what became of them in later life.’
    • ‘In the world of language and poetic rhythm, Tipperary is a name made in heaven.’
    • ‘An important point that can be made about Shahid's poetry is that it drew as much upon English poetic traditions as it did on Urdu literary forms.’
    • ‘For poets and those who read poetry, the poetic form can be relatively obscure as a discipline and as an art.’
    • ‘Their argument was that a whole new set of poetic strategies was needed to keep poetry alive in modern times.’
    • ‘Traditional in form, her poetry treats primarily romantic themes with elevated, poetic language.’
    • ‘I then used their poetic forms and wrote about a third of the book in that style of verse.’
    • ‘Anger always makes for good poetic verse, so pick up thy pens and write. I expect to see verses two, three and possibly four in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘Those who knew nothing of the poetry knew of the face in the least poetic of contexts when they opened a cigar box.’
    • ‘She also wrote a book called Music of Speech about the relationship between poetic rhythm and speech which probably influenced her approach to ritual.’
    • ‘Such feelings become ‘embodied’ for me in the poetic form, in its sounds and rhythms.’
    • ‘In the process of discovering and translating Hebrew poetry a Russian poetic community was formed.’
    • ‘Adam invites into our midst a deeply lyrical, sorrowful and unforgettable poetic voice.’
    • ‘Rather than abjuring claims to poetic vision, her poetry pretends not to aspire to authority even as it quietly seizes it.’
    • ‘Its poetic quality lies not in ornamentation but in rhythm.’
    • ‘These are the very veins of poetic stuff; poetry which runs all false and true.’
    • ‘Most of his writing has been in XILOTL and is often poetry or poetic prose.’
    • ‘The rhythmic quality and easy flow of the poetic forms allow the reader to feel the life in these characters in a powerful way.’
    • ‘His prose is rhythmical and often poetic; individual sections contain carefully balanced and readily memorable phrases.’
    in verse, verse, metrical, rhythmical
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    1. 1.1Written in verse rather than prose.
      ‘a poetic drama’
      • ‘Browning's earliest poetic work, written under the spell of Shelley, was treated as a not very good joke.’
      • ‘Her poetry is reminiscent of the soft tones in the poetic works of Frances Cornford or Charlotte Mew.’
      • ‘Most of this literary work consisted of epics and love stories written in poetic form.’
      • ‘Its director, Guka Omarova, makes an auspicious debut with this taut, raw, poetic drama.’
      • ‘To match Jones's visual effects Jonson wrote poetic dialogue of the highest order.’
      • ‘Shapiro does not offer monologues or narratives but poetic dramas in which multiple voices are allowed on the stage.’
      • ‘He wrote one other poetic drama, The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall.’
      • ‘Unless, that is, you spent the mid-Nineties ticking off the more poetic dramas mounted by the Royal Shakespeare Company.’
      • ‘The show melds modern dance techniques and poetic prose narrative to illustrate her desperation.’
      • ‘American poet Samuel Ullman wrote this poetic essay called Youth in 1910.’
      • ‘His single portraits have the economy of poetic drama, but they escape the limitations of their black borders.’
      formal, written
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    2. 1.2Having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression.
      ‘the orchestral playing was colourful and poetic’
      • ‘A poetic, provocative choreographer, her work continually challenges aesthetic conventions.’
      • ‘His technical facility is astounding but, more importantly, he is a sensitive, poetic artist.’
      • ‘Extravagant designs that look theatrical, dramatic and poetic are given heavy emphasis.’
      • ‘The lyrics are passionate and poetic, the musical arrangements full of juxtaposition and surprise.’
      • ‘The sight is beautifully poetic and expresses the leitmotiv tension between heaven and earth.’
      • ‘Besides having a tune, these words are actually imaginative and poetic.’
      • ‘Although similar from track to track, the lyrics are poetic and occasionally touch on more meaningful issues within society.’
      • ‘In time, he became better known as a sculptor with a strong poetic bent, rather than as a poet in the traditional sense.’
      • ‘I love dialogue that sounds beautiful; dialogue that is lyrical and poetic.’
      • ‘His songs are catchy, his lyrics poetic and probing, and he is handsome.’
      • ‘You have the space to be creative, poetic, artistic and sensitive.’
      • ‘Lyrics should be poetic, concise, imaginative, theologically strong and expressive of worship to God.’
      • ‘He plays this raw, emotional indie-folk with poetic, symbolic lyrics.’
      • ‘It could be set in the east, but it wouldn't be as poignant and poetic and elegiacal.’
      • ‘And here he was representing one of history's most ruthless dictators as a dreamy, soft, poetic, kind of chap.’
      • ‘The thundering guitars, melodic vocals and poetic lyrics seemed to transcend classification.’
      • ‘The tunes are creations of spellbinding joy and the lyrics poetic enough to turn men with steel hearts to jelly.’
      • ‘Lyrically poetic and understated, this album has a churchly feel that makes for perfect nighttime chillout music.’
      • ‘All aesthetic expression has a poetic quality and is essentially eulogistic.’
      • ‘The numerous space and controlled organisations of poetic colours lend subtlety to his part collage-part paintings.’
      expressive, figurative, symbolic, flowery, moving, aesthetic, artistic, tasteful, graceful, elegant, elevated, fine, beautiful
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Mid 16th century: from French poétique, from Latin poeticus poetic, relating to poets, from Greek po(i)ētikos, from po(i)ētēs (see poet).