ars poetica

noun ars po·et·i·ca \ ˈärs(ˌ)pōˈetə̇kə , ˈärz- , -etə̇- , -ēkə \

Definition of ars poetica

plural ars poeticas
:a treatise on the art of literary and especially poetic composition

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Origin and Etymology of ars poetica

Latin Ars Poetica The Art of Poetry, poetic epistle by Horace †8 b.c. Roman poet


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