- literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry.
- the study of prosody.
- a treatise on poetry.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a treatise or collection of notes on aesthetics (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle.
Origin of poetics
- possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature.
- of or relating to a poet or poets.
- characteristic of or befitting a poet: poetic feeling; poetic insight.
- endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet: a poetic eulogist.
- having or showing the sensibility of a poet: a poetic lover.
- of or relating to poetry: poetic literature.
- of the nature of or resembling poetry: a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
- celebrated in poetry, as a place.
- providing a subject for poetry.
- of or relating to literature in verse form.
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for poetics
With “Poetics of the Gesture,” Nahmad Contemporary proves it is a fresh face at the table.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
Without question, the combination of visual moment with written memory reaches to the core of “Beat, Buddhist poetics” itself.Allen Ginsberg's Beat Memories
April 29, 2010
He was then writing his commentary on the Poetics of Aristotle.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
I am just finishing again Aristotle's "Poetics," which I first read in 1856.George Eliot's Life, Vol. III (of 3)
I have to write a theme for poetics to be handed in tomorrow morning.Marjorie Dean College Freshman
(c) Of Creative works we have only the fragmentary 'Poetics.'Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2
Charles Dudley Warner
Mary laughed his sentiment to ridicule and his poetics to scorn.The Claim Jumpers
Stewart Edward White
- the principles and forms of poetry or the study of these, esp as a form of literary criticism
- a treatise on poetry
- of or relating to poetry
- characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
- characteristic of a poet
- recounted in verse
Word Origin and History for poetics
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.).