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 Poets Laureate,Poetical. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Poetaster.
 
A very inferior poet. The suffix-aster is depreciative (compare “disaster”). At one time we had also “grammatic - aster,” “politic - aster,” “critic-aster,” and some others. (Italian, poetastro, a paltry poet.)   1
 


 Poets Laureate,Poetical. 

 
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