language used in poetry; vocabulary, phrasing, and usage appropriate for verse
He is remarkable among English poets, not for having succumbed to poetic diction, but for having triumphed over it.
It contains much acute criticism of poetry and poetic diction.
Quite as important is the alteration that he made in the character of English poetic diction.
No pains are spared, no profusion of ornament, no splendour of poetic diction, to set off the meanest things.
No pains are spared, no profusion of ornament, no splendour of poetic diction to set off the meanest things.
And some of our own poetry, which has been most admired, is only poetry in the rhyme, and in the studied use of poetic diction.
This poetic diction, refined from the grossness of domestic use, was the standard poetic speech of the eighteenth century.
But the whole dispute on poetic diction is too deep and too broad for an occasional or parenthetic notice.
It is rather a demonstration of the necessity, amid the wealthy disorder of modern civilisation, for poetic diction.
Words clothe thought; poetic diction had the artifice of the crinoline; it would stand by itself.