Definition of poeticize in English:


(also poeticise)


  • 1 Make poetic in character.

    ‘the scenes are poeticized as we see them, but this doesn't strike a false note’
    • ‘Who gave her anything close to the right to poeticize this death and this mother's slow disintegration?’
    • ‘Tsai poeticizes space not by probing it-his oeuvre is noticeably lacking in pans, zooms, and dollies-but by making space itself his medium, manipulating its grammar the way a poet might play with diction and sentence structure.’
    • ‘Some films answer this question by poeticizing realism (Throne of Blood, Kwaidan), through irony and humaneness (Star Wars, Chinese Ghost Story), or by just giving up believability (Charlie's Angels, Wong Jing's wackier films).’
    • ‘Mayor Woolstencroft poeticized these sentiments saying, ‘It is as if the world holds its breath as we make these remarks… Today, we turn more than sod; we turn a page in our community's history.’’
    • ‘When, in his Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote that hope springs eternal in the human breast, he was merely poeticizing a function of blind genetic material.’
    • ‘As in Talk to Her, Almodóvar attempts to poeticize irresponsible behavior and to shock us into awareness of the outer limits of the human condition.’
    • ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind spiritualizes film by novelizing it and poeticizing it at the same time.’
    • ‘She's his posthumous enabler, cutting him plenty of slack for his male needs, allowing him to poeticize his libido, making his affair with Wevill an artistic necessity.’
    • ‘Not trying to demonize him or - as some have done - poeticize him, he gives us a common but not unduly vulgar man, with brightness and obtuseness intermingled.’
    • ‘Many writers have tried to poeticize drug abuse, to portray their habits as fanciful rather than merely destructive.’
    • ‘The central question is: does Almodovar's Bunuelian surreality, however restrained here, heighten and poeticise the sexual issues?’
    • ‘I put unrelated items together in a context that poeticizes them.’
    • ‘I know it looks like the old positivist duality, but it does give some insight into the way that political romanticism poeticizes politics.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Write or speak poetically.
      ‘an ageing academic with a tendency to poeticize’
      • ‘One remaining issue perhaps needs a little comment to elaborate the contrast between poeticising and ideologising the reading of a text, or the listening to the patient.’
      • ‘The millions of lives lost - to disease, revolt, and suicide - in the months at sea between Dahomey and the plantations of the New World need picturing and sorrow songs more than a lugubrious poeticizing of hyena gods.’
      • ‘And that's the point: the main character, a young Dutch artist, fantasises and poeticises about a Japanese girl to wrench himself out of his cramping bohemian existence.’
      • ‘To say that the narrator gives the story is a bit misleading, since the narrator who poeticizes wild and atmospheric as he leads the audience from one scene to the next, and it is in these scenes that the developing narrative is exposed.’
      • ‘He could poeticize for hours about the ‘fluorescent orbs.’’
      • ‘The more Clausewitz poeticizes, the more convinced the reader is that friction is in fact paramount in war, theory nothing.’