po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \

Definition of poetic

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
b : given to writing poetry
2 : written in verse
3 : having or expressing the qualities of poetry (as through aesthetic or emotional impact) her poetic beauty

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Examples of poetic in a Sentence

your description of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon was a particularly poetic piece of writing
Recent Examples on the Web This seems almost poetic: St. Louis slugger Nolan Arenado will face his former team for the first time and go against the pitcher who was involved in the trade for him. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Padres-Giants MLB 2021 live stream (5/7): How to watch online, TV info, time," 8 May 2021 Emma Baldwin, who went by the first name Berdis, was also a writer who inspired the literary, poetic and theatrical works of her son, famed civil rights writer James Baldwin. Erin Delmore, NBC News, "How these three unsung Black mothers indelibly shaped the civil rights movement," 7 May 2021 But that song had a wonderful, poetic structure to it. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "The Greatest and Ballsiest of Heart, According to Nancy Wilson," 4 May 2021 Architect Maltzan traces the arc of Broad’s career — from building the suburbs to supporting the arts — and views this evolution as appropriate, even poetic. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "With Eli Broad’s era past, L.A. needs fewer kingmakers and more inclusive, diverse civic builders," 2 May 2021 With an almost comically straightforward hook and poetic, painfully relatable conversations among friends about butt size, Nelly offers a simple solution to the all-too-familiar, too-hot-in-the-club problem: Just take off all your clothes. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "40 of the Best Songs from the 2000s," 30 Apr. 2021 During a Grand Canyon stop in May 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt waxed poetic about the canyon view, as well as the need to protect the area. Washington Post, "Four national parks in four seasons," 30 Apr. 2021 Many of you lonely scribes waxed poetic on the desire to finally rip off the mask and get affectionate when things get back to normal. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Need a smile? Read the winners of the Star Tribune Limerick Contest," 23 Apr. 2021 Nirenberg can wax poetic about his favorite band, The Doors. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "'Solid as a rock': San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is a normal guy asking for a third term," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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10 May 2021

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“Poetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
: having a beautiful or graceful quality


po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \
variants: or poetical \ -​i-​kəl \

Kids Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or like that of poets or poetry poetic words

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