Definition of poetics in English:

poetics

plural noun

  • 1[treated as singular] The art of writing poetry.

    ‘both poetics and rhetoric make use of narrative structure’
    • ‘Fragments and sequences were important in the process of collaboration, and in learning to shed expectations of solely personal achievement within poetry and poetics.’
    • ‘The scattering of the Beats was both physical and figurative, and it was so highly charged for their poetics as well as their ethics because it represented a fall from a specific point of origin when proximity seemed absolute.’
    • ‘Aristotle separated rhetoric from poetics, treating rhetoric as the art of persuasion and poetics as the art of imitation or representation.’
    • ‘But on the other hand, it is a pity that her introduction of the role of rhetoric and poetics is so much dependent on decorum, because it results in a rather limited view of their role.’
    • ‘I point this out not so much to place Notley in a French, theoretical context (which she rejects), but to give a context for some of the questions I ask her regarding poetry and poetics.’
    • ‘To discuss poetics in this period means also to discuss rhetoric.’
    • ‘The new theorists of painting and the literary arts in the 15th and 16th centuries had rhetoric and poetics on their minds, supported by philosophical utterances when they felt the need.’
    • ‘Postmodernism, emphasizing excesses of signification, generates a thematics and a poetics that is even more highly susceptible than modernism to paranoia, to the portrayal of reading as plot.’
    • ‘At stake in his poetics is a ‘moral imperative’ that functions as the very basis of his postfascist authorship.’
    • ‘A history of twentieth-century American poetry is a history of women making and remaking poetics as a gendered space.’
    • ‘Cariaga's innovative language-oriented poetry challenges the assumption that avant-garde poetics is the privileged terrain of white heterosexual male poets.’
    • ‘From a poetic scholarship to a scholarly poetics, we must move on to Duncan's ‘Dante Etudes.’’
    • ‘By the time I got to the Berkeley Poetry Conference in 1965 and saw Ted Berrigan read and bought a mimeo copy of The Sonnets, something like a poetics was well underway.’
    • ‘Though this phraseology is mine, knowledge of a similar sort is included in Archie's abstractions about motion, and has its psychical equivalent in his views about poetry and his own poetics.’
    • ‘They cover logic, ethics, metaphysics, physics, zoology, politics, rhetoric, and poetics.’
    • ‘At the heart of Ivonginus's text, however, is the criticism of artistic performance, and here rhetoric is conjoined to poetics to form a single piece.’
    • ‘He also wrote important works on poetics and rhetorics.’
    • ‘For loving partners [of either or both sexes] this would be a fecundity of birth and regeneration, but also the production of a new age of thought, art, poetry, and language: the creation of a new poetics.’
    • ‘Although supportive, he frequently challenged Bronk's poetry and poetics.’
    • ‘Thus, with the help of decorum as a bridge, architecture could be considered as a language, or at least as a subject that would lend itself to a humanist treatment based on rhetoric and poetics.’
    1. 1.1The study of linguistic techniques in poetry and literature.
      ‘the terminology of traditional poetics’
      • ‘He teaches poetry and poetics at University in Albany, NY where he lives with Nicole Peyrafitte & their son Miles.’
      • ‘He was one of the founders of the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, which includes a college of poetry and poetics.’
      • ‘Maria Damon teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Minnesota.’
      • ‘The distinctions between these two domains are frequently contested and debated in the realms of semiotics, structuralism, poetics, and aesthetics.’
      • ‘In literary studies, this is a contrast between poetics and hermeneutics.’

Pronunciation:

poetics

/pəʊˈɛtɪks/