poetics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction po·et·ics \ pō-ˈe-tiks \

Definition of poetics

1 a : a treatise on poetry or aesthetics
b or less commonly poetic play \-tik\ : poetic theory or practice; also : a particular theory of poetry or sometimes other literary forms
  • a feminist poetics
2 : poetic feelings or utterances

First Known Use of poetics

1644

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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