po·​et·​ics | \ pō-ˈe-tiks How to pronounce poetics (audio) \

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 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 This feels almost the opposite of the usual poetics of recipes, where they’re framed as a bridge across time. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2021 From the astounding poetics of writer Warsan Shire being generously dispersed throughout to the replication of Julie Dash’s imagery from Daughters of the Dust, the imaginations of Black women were infinitely elevated. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, 23 Apr. 2021 Therein lies part of the attraction: moving through that jumble — with all of its perverted poetics of grep and vi and git and apache and .ini — and doing so with a fingers-floating-across-the-keyboard balletic grace, is exhilarating. Craig Mod, Wired, 6 Apr. 2021 Mackey did all the normal things literature professors do—serving on committees, publishing academic monographs in his areas of expertise (experimental poetics, jazz studies), attending conferences, commenting on student work. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 In the midst of trauma, the more trivial manners and poetics of detention evolved. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2021 Rankine’s experimental poetics drew from first-person reportage, visual art, photography, television, and various literary genres, modeling fragmented Black personhood under the daily pressure of white supremacy. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of poetics

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Poetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetics. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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