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

Definition of unpoetic

: not poetic unpoetic writing an unpoetic writer … a nervous, sensitive, high-strung nature, cast unduly upon a cold, calculating, and unpoetic world.— Theodore Dreiser

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Recent Examples on the Web Atlanta and its suburbs are a surprisingly Whitmanesque experiment in pluralism, in which unpoetic concrete strip malls substitute for lyrical spears of summer grass. Sanjena Sathian, Los Angeles Times, "Sanjena Sathian: After the Atlanta shooting, all I see is the fragility of our belonging," 18 Mar. 2021 For those who thought of the lyric poem as a reprieve from the humming external world, a chance to wrestle with internal contradictions, Rich’s overt politics felt unlovely, even unpoetic. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, "The Long Awakening of Adrienne Rich," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unpoetic

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpoetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpoetic. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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