- possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature.
- of or relating to a poet or poets.
- characteristic of or befitting a poet: poetic feeling; poetic insight.
- endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet: a poetic eulogist.
- having or showing the sensibility of a poet: a poetic lover.
- of or relating to poetry: poetic literature.
- of the nature of or resembling poetry: a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
- celebrated in poetry, as a place.
- providing a subject for poetry.
- of or relating to literature in verse form.
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for unpoetic
He cultivated the unconventional and introduced the most unpoetic and uncouth words.Six Major Prophets
Edwin Emery Slosson
"You bet your life it's wonderful," agreed the unpoetic William.Saturday's Child
Unpoetic and unromantic indeed was this first sight of England.
The most urgent of these needs is a very material and unpoetic one.The Long Day
Her words, too, were a trifle hard, and as unpoetic as possible.What Will People Say?
- of or relating to poetry
- characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
- characteristic of a poet
- recounted in verse
Word Origin and History for unpoetic
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.).