adjective Also po·et·i·cal.
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for poetical
Contemporary Examples of poetical
The paper was written on the topic, "Milton's Poetical Achievement."My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
Classical allusions, poetical turns of phrase, antique diction, recondite words.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
No beauties, poetical or musical, have been passed down to us from any actual man called Orpheus.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us
May 31, 2012
His words were purposeful, almost business-like, with the tautest of poetical flourishes.9/11 in Reverse
January 20, 2009
Historical Examples of poetical
His justice is all poetical justice, exactly what justice should be.De Profundis
When I say for ever, I mean (though I am not poetical) through all our time.'Little Dorrit
But this, like many other literary associations, is a piece of poetical injustice.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Your experience of the everyday language of the common people may be that it is not poetical.A Dish Of Orts
That glow of enthusiasm for labor was chiefly moral, but it was poetical as well.The American Mind
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.).