Definition of poetical in US English:

poetical

adjective

  • 1Relating to poetry.

    ‘a poetical genius’
    • ‘The young poet profited by the attacks of the critics, their effect being to enlarge his poetical studies.’
    • ‘Mr Ellis was the poetical antiquary and friend of Scott.’
    • ‘He was a large poetical contributor to Blackwood's Magazine.’
    • ‘His poetical reputation was as bright and transient as the plants and flowers which formed the subject of his verse.’
    • ‘He now became a frequent competitor for poetical fame.’
    • ‘The man of the world, the scholar, and the poetical artist are happily blended in his satirical productions.’
    • ‘He may be considered the poetical progenitor of Burns.’
    • ‘The magnificent creations of his poetry have always been duly appreciated by poetical students and critical readers.’
    • ‘It contains some pointed satire on the author's poetical contemporaries.’
    • ‘The drama is well conceived and executed, but here also he follows another poetical master, Ben Jonson.’
    1. 1.1 Written in verse rather than prose.
      ‘the author of numerous poetical compositions’
      • ‘The lyrics are very neatly turned, and contain poetical passages and lines of genuine humorous character.’
      • ‘His "Hymn to Contentment" was published in Steele's Poetical Miscellanies (1714).’
      • ‘The poetical miscellanies, compiled for pleasure, were filled with an apparently random collection of poetry.’
      • ‘The prize amounted to 500 lire and a copy of d'Annunzio's complete poetical works.’
      • ‘His poetical works include a famous 1718 translation of Lucan.’
      • ‘She transcribed his verses for his first volume, The Hope of Liberty, Containing a Number of Poetical Pieces (1829).’
      • ‘Wordsworth's Poetical and Prose Works appeared in 1896.’
      • ‘I find one of the most hopeful areas is poetical writing from these war zones.’
      • ‘Sidney expressed indifference to prosody: "... the greatest part of poets have appareled their poetical inventions in that numbrous kind of writing which is called verse."’
      • ‘The trauma acted as an impulse to her poetical compositions.’
    2. 1.2 Having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression.
      ‘highly poetical forms of speech’
      • ‘They seem to represent a bursting out, possibly in impatience, from both the complexity and the constrictions of the current American poetical idiolect.’
      • ‘He describes the prolific misuse of poetical language by his contemporaries.’
      • ‘Its affinities and poetical style seem to lie rather with Shakespeare's later than his earlier work.’
      • ‘In England in the 1590s, poetical lovemaking seems to have become a kind of epidemic.’
      • ‘It is no longer the subject of art or of thought: they have no poetical power today, I think.’
      • ‘In Moscow there is strange confluence of physical and poetical landscapes.’
      • ‘This new montage style of cinema and the poetical style of Flaherty were clear influences on him.’
      • ‘The metaphorical and poetical use of language creates no exterior visions on stage but interior visions in the minds of the spectators.’
      • ‘Even this mad letter-writing has a strongly poetical element.’
      • ‘But value-free embroidery, a return to the poetical, has seemed to be one result.’

Pronunciation

poetical

/poʊˈɛdək(ə)l//pōˈedək(ə)l/