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poetic diction


language used in poetry; vocabulary, phrasing, and usage appropriate for verse's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • He is remarkable among English poets, not for having succumbed to poetic diction, but for having triumphed over it.

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • 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.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • 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.

    Style Walter Raleigh
  • Words clothe thought; poetic diction had the artifice of the crinoline; it would stand by itself.

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