adjective Also po·et·i·cal.
Examples from the Web for poetical
The paper was written on the topic, "Milton's Poetical Achievement."
Classical allusions, poetical turns of phrase, antique diction, recondite words.
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|Ann Wroe|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His words were purposeful, almost business-like, with the tautest of poetical flourishes.
The etchings on the plates to The Poetical Magazine were worked fairly away and renewed.Rowlandson the Caricaturist. First Volume|Joseph Grego
Now we must understand "fifty wykes" to be a poetical expression for a year.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
For poetical charm the first place is to be assigned to the Egyptian, Hebrew, and Hindu hymns.Introduction to the History of Religions|Crawford Howell Toy
He was young, unmarried and a poet; and this certainly was not a poetical incident.Flora Lyndsay|Susan Moodie
Mrs. Howarth possesses the poetical talent of the Irish race.
British Dictionary definitions for poetical
Word Origin and History for poetical
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.).