poetize

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poetize (third-person singular simple present poetizes, present participle poetizing, simple past and past participle poetized)

  1. To make poetic.
    • 1857, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Vol. I[1]:
      She acknowledged that Wordsworth had done more to make all men poetical, than perhaps any other; that he was the poet of reflection; that where he failed to poetize his subject, his simple faith intimated to the reader a poetry that he did not find in the book.
    • 1914, Editor-in-Chief= Kuno Francke, The German Classics of The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. IV[2]:
      Its aim is not merely to reunite all the dispersed classes of poetry, and to place poetry in touch with philosophy and rhetoric; it aims and ought to aim to mingle and combine poetry and prose, genius and criticism, artistic and natural poetry; to make poetry lively and social, to make life and society poetic; to poetize wit, to saturate all the forms of art with worthy materials of culture and enliven them by the sallies of humor.
    • 1919, Vicente Blasco Iba, Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)[3]:
      While the sailor was again attacking his breakfast with the familiarity of a lover who has achieved his ends and no longer needs to hide and poetize his grosser necessities, she seated herself on an old chaise longue, lighting a cigarette.
  2. To compose poetry.
    • 1867, William Dean Howells, Italian Journeys[4]:
      It was probably after this amour ended that Sordello sat out upon his travels, visiting most courts, and dwelling long in Provence, where he learned to poetize in the Provencal tongue, in which he thereafter chiefly wrote, and composed many songs.
    • 1888, Percival Lowell, The Soul of the Far East[5]:
      Hot sake is next served, which is to them what beer is to a German or absinthe to a blouse; and there they sit, sip, and poetize, passing their couplets, as they do their cups, in honor to one another.
    • 1914, Kuno Francke (Editor-in-Chief), The German Classics of The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. III[6]:
      This it is that, particularly in my earlier years, gave me a rather awkward appearance both in the field of speculation and in that of poetry; for the poetic mind generally got the better of me when I ought to have philosophized, and my philosophical mind when I wished to poetize.