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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POETIC

Hester was greatly struck with the poetic tone of the remark.

"Poetic simile: I'm going fast," conceded Kirkwood; but he did not smile.

I might, perhaps, have some poetic flights, If I could sleep o' nights!

It was while the poetic gentleman was passing by Taffy's house.

As specimens of his poetic contributions, we give the following.

I had ceased my poetic visioning and was looking into Marguerite's face.

I inclose you some poetic bagatelles of my late composition.

His enumeration of a comparison with other lakes is at once harmonious and poetic.

These energies remain, nevertheless, distinct from the poetic energy.

They did not outlive their own poetic sense of the wonder and mystery of the world.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from poet + -ic, or else from or influenced by Middle French poetique (c.1400), from Latin poeticus, from Greek poietikos "pertaining to poetry," literally "creative, productive," from poietos "made," verbal adjective of poiein "to make" (see poet). Related: Poetics (1727). Poetic justice "ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories" is from 1670s. Poetic license attested by 1733.

Earlier adjective was poetical (late 14c.); also obsolete poetly (mid-15c.). Related: Poetically (early 15c.).

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