1. Of or relating to poetry: poetic works.
2. Having a quality or style characteristic of poetry: poetic diction.
3. Suitable as a subject for poetry: a poetic romance.
4. Of, relating to, or befitting a poet: poetic insight.
5. Characterized by romantic imagery: "Turner's vision of the rainbow ... was poetic, and he knew it" (Lawrence Gowing).
The theory or practice of writing poetry; poetics.
[Latin poēticus, from Greek poiētikos, inventive, from poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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