po·​et·​ics | \ pō-ˈe-tiks How to pronounce poetics (audio) \
plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of poetics

1a : a treatise on poetry or aesthetics
b or less commonly poetic \ pō-​ˈe-​tik How to pronounce poetics (audio) \ : poetic theory or practice also : a particular theory of poetry or sometimes other literary forms a feminist poetics
2 : poetic feelings or utterances

Examples of poetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now in its third decade, Macondo offers workshops to a diverse student body on subjects ranging from young-adult literature to translingual poetics. Yxta Maya Murray, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 Her films reimagine characters borrowed from politics, mythology, geology or science and travel across different dimensions of time and space, addressing the issues of an uncertain future through specific narratives and poetics. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 25 June 2022 The point is the poetics of it all, the atmosphere, the vibe. Vogue, 17 June 2022 The building block of the internet is a referential, signifying, mimetic, poetics. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Knight was shooting for the British fashion magazine i-D and creating ad campaigns for designer Yohji Yamamoto; Chipperfield was working in Japan, getting a crash course in materiality and the poetics of space. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Her writing is a testament to the passionate poetics of Black performance. Lynnée Denise, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 White focused on the poetics of nature; Friedlander, the movement of people in the city; and Siskind, the visual language of urban wear and tear — sidewalk cracks, broken bricks and poster remnants. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, 29 June 2021 Jenkins and Whitehead use identity politics — identity poetics — for race-baiting. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of poetics

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 Sep 2022

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“Poetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetics. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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