po·​et·​i·​cal | \ pō-ˈe-ti-kəl How to pronounce poetical (audio) \

Definition of poetical

1 : poetic
2 : being beyond or above the truth of history or nature : idealized had poetical ideas about love

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poetically \ pō-​ˈe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce poetical (audio) \ adverb
poeticalness \ pō-​ˈe-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce poetical (audio) \ noun

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Examples of poetical in a Sentence

love letters that were filled with poetical phrases
Recent Examples on the Web This new way of painting reflected something deeper, something inherently poetical. Washington Post, "You’ve probably never heard of these artists, but they painted reality in a way we’ve lost sight of," 25 Feb. 2020 With Kydd, the distance produces an interiority that is strenuously poetical and highly self-aware in its lyricism. BostonGlobe.com, "At the Griffin Museum, three shows and an array of photography talent - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Its participants included Donald Sidney-Fryer, who in his youth got to know that most poetical of Weird Tales writers, Clark Ashton Smith. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Dispatch from a ‘horror’ convention: It began in a dark, candlelit room . . .," 4 Sep. 2019 The same author’s notes that identify the post-poetical transfer specify the time frames in which the volumes were written. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 These poetical explanations were nice but unnecessary for a collection that didn’t need any gimmicks to impress. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 The latest experimental drama by Adrienne Kennedy, influential author of 'Funnyhouse of a Negro,' is a poetical memory tale revolving around the segregated South. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box': Theater Review," 31 Jan. 2018 Delirious, poetical, semi-comical genre pieces, mixing homely detail and hallucinogenic invention. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Twin Peaks,' 'Legion,' 'Danger and Eggs' and 'One Day at a Time' among the best in TV in 2017," 15 Dec. 2017 It is furnished with an old campaign chair and sundry poetical odds and ends, including fragments of tapestry; one shows the crown heads of a king and queen — or father and mother. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of poetical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Poetical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetical. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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