Ars poetica

a treatise on the art of poetry or poetics.
(initial capital letter, italics) a poem (c20 b.c.) by Horace, setting forth his precepts for the art of poetry.
Historical Examples

Horace’s notice of him in the ars poetica is quite ridiculous.
Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan

The originality of his ars poetica took the world by surprise.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

He is at work upon an ‘ars poetica,’ after the manner of Horace.
The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan

It is widely entertained and comes chiefly from Horace’s ars poetica.
Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray

Just what the influence of the ars poetica was and why it was so great a favorite will be discussed in subsequent chapters.
Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance Donald Lemen Clark

If we like the ars poetica, it is because we enjoy reading Horace.
Andrew Marvell Augustine Birrell

The more strict defense of poetry was attempted for the most part on the grounds set forth by Horace in his ars poetica.
A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance Joel Elias Spingarn

He paid little heed to the old rhetoric and the ars poetica of classical comparison.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6 Various

Nor did Horace love old age, and in his ‘ars poetica’ he has drawn a somewhat gloomy picture of it.
Library Of The World’s Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5 Various

There is no better example of the direct effect of Horace than the part played in the discipline of letters by the ars poetica.
Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman

the art of poetry


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