Definitions for poeticspoʊˈɛt ɪks
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry.
the study of prosody.
a treatise on poetry.
* (used with a sing. v.).
Origin of poetics:
study of poetic works
The theory of poetry, or of literature in general
the principles and rules of the art of poetry
Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry". He examines its "first principles" and identifies its genres and basic elements. His analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the discussion. Although Aristotle's Poetics is universally acknowledged in the Western critical tradition, Marvin Carlson explains, "almost every detail about his seminal work has aroused divergent opinions." The work was lost to the Western world and often misrepresented for a long time. It was available through the Middle Ages and early Renaissance only through a Latin translation of an Arabic version written by Averroes.
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