poetics

[poh-et-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
1.
literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry.
2.
the study of prosody.
3.
a treatise on poetry.
4.
(initial capital letter, italics) a treatise or collection of notes on aesthetics (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle.

Origin:
1720–30; see poetic, -ics

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poetic

[poh-et-ik]
adjective Also, poetical.
1.
possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature.
2.
of or pertaining to a poet or poets.
3.
characteristic of or befitting a poet: poetic feeling; poetic insight.
4.
endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet: a poetic eulogist.
5.
having or showing the sensibility of a poet: a poetic lover.
6.
of or pertaining to poetry: poetic literature.
7.
of the nature of or resembling poetry: a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
8.
celebrated in poetry, as a place.
9.
providing a subject for poetry.
10.
of or pertaining to literature in verse form.
noun

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin poēticus < Greek poiētikós. See poet, -ic

poetically, adverb
antipoetical, adjective
antipoetically, adverb
nonpoetic, adjective
prepoetic, adjective
prepoetical, adjective
pseudopoetic, adjective
pseudopoetical, adjective
quasi-poetic, adjective
quasi-poetical, adjective
quasi-poetically, adverb
unpoetic, adjective
unpoetical, adjective
unpoetically, adverb
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poetic or poetical (pəʊˈɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to poetry
2.  characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
3.  characteristic of a poet
4.  recounted in verse
 
poetical or poetical
 
adj
 
po'etically or poetical
 
adv

poetics (pəʊˈɛtɪks)
 
n
1.  the principles and forms of poetry or the study of these, esp as a form of literary criticism
2.  a treatise on poetry

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poetic
1530, from M.Fr. poetique, from L. poeticus, from Gk. poietikos "pertaining to poetry," lit. "creative, productive," from poietos "made," verbal adj. of poiein "to make" (see poet). Poetic justice "ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories" is from 1679.
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Example sentences
It betrays the artist's fascination with the poetics and politics of parallel
  worlds.
Here, reversing the natural order, poetics came before poetry.
They can use the discoveries of science, the poetics of theology.
They can criticise and expound verses, and invent theories of poetics, and
  compile anthologies.
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