One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of a poem (especially as distinguished from prose), poetic; containing poems.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From Hellenistic Greek ποιηματικός poetic (Plutarch) from ancient Greek ποιηματ-, ποίημα + -ικός; compare -atic.
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