Poetics



[poh-et-iks] /poʊˈɛt ɪks/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry.
2.
the study of prosody.
3.
a treatise on poetry.
4.
(initial capital letter, italics) a treatise or collection of notes on aesthetics (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle.
[poh-et-ik] /poʊˈɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, poetical
1.
possessing the qualities or charm of :
poetic descriptions of nature.
2.
of or relating to a or .
3.
characteristic of or befitting a :
poetic feeling; poetic insight.
4.
endowed with the faculty or feeling of a :
a poetic eulogist.
5.
having or showing the sensibility of a :
a poetic lover.
6.
of or relating to :
poetic literature.
7.
of the nature of or resembling :
a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
8.
celebrated in , as a place.
9.
providing a subject for .
10.
of or relating to literature in verse form.
noun
11.
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/pəʊˈɛtɪks/
noun (usually functioning as sing)
1.
the principles and forms of poetry or the study of these, esp as a form of literary criticism
2.
a treatise on poetry
/pəʊˈɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to poetry
2.
characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
3.
characteristic of a poet
4.
recounted in verse
adj.

1520s, from poet + -ic, or else from or influenced by Middle French poetique (c.1400), from Latin poeticus, from Greek poietikos “pertaining to poetry,” literally “creative, productive,” from poietos “made,” verbal adjective of poiein “to make” (see poet). Related: Poetics (1727). Poetic justice “ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories” is from 1670s. Poetic license attested by 1733.

Earlier adjective was poetical (late 14c.); also obsolete poetly (mid-15c.). Related: Poetically (early 15c.).

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