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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Definitions for poetaster

  1. an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.

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Citations for poetaster
Someone who writes verses but does not produce this essence is called a "poetaster." A poetaster is a fraudulent poet, a non-poet. Frederick Busch, Letters to a Fiction Writer, 2000
Rotten as a poetaster or a second-rate musician reduced to beggary. Carmen Boullosa, Cleopatra Dismounts, 2003
Origin of poetaster
Poetaster entered English in the late 1500s. It is a combination of the word poet and the rarely used Latin suffix -aster which denotes something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing.