Definition of poetics in US English:


plural noun

  • 1treated 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At stake in his poetics is a ‘moral imperative’ that functions as the very basis of his postfascist authorship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cariaga's innovative language-oriented poetry challenges the assumption that avant-garde poetics is the privileged terrain of white heterosexual male poets.’
    • ‘He also wrote important works on poetics and rhetorics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From a poetic scholarship to a scholarly poetics, we must move on to Duncan's ‘Dante Etudes.’’
    • ‘Although supportive, he frequently challenged Bronk's poetry 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.’
    • ‘To discuss poetics in this period means also to discuss rhetoric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A history of twentieth-century American poetry is a history of women making and remaking poetics as a gendered space.’
    • ‘They cover logic, ethics, metaphysics, physics, zoology, politics, rhetoric, 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. 1.1 The study of linguistic techniques in poetry and literature.
      ‘the terminology of traditional poetics’
      • ‘In literary studies, this is a contrast between poetics and hermeneutics.’
      • ‘Of course, this is the type of exile demanded by postmodern poetics, but in Kaminsky's hands the technique is used for humanitarian purposes.’
      • ‘Rarely does a scholar bring so precise an understanding of current issues in poetry and poetics to a study of the past, and never (so far as I can recall) to a past as repudiated as this one.’
      • ‘The distinctions between these two domains are frequently contested and debated in the realms of semiotics, structuralism, poetics, and aesthetics.’
      • ‘As early as July 1958, however, she attempted to enact the new poetics presented in the final stanza of the original and Cry Ararat!’
      • ‘With his new works, the artist further reveals himself to be an expert in the poetics of systems theory.’
      • ‘Full of sentiment, social awareness and virulence, these poems are about changing the things we feel are bad and gaining new perspectives, with integrity and emotion, poetics and stylistics.’
      • ‘Such an explanation, of course, fails to take into account Byron's serious disagreements with Wordsworth's poetics and politics.’
      • ‘Although it is possible to read his poems without needing specialized jargon or poetics, his writing is full of erudition and learning.’
      • ‘Azar concentrates on poetics and stylistics and devotes only a few pages to the panegyric of the Duke.’
      • ‘The latter seems especially important given that many women have felt even more excluded from poetics than from poetry itself.’
      • ‘I found myself inspired by Morton's arguments to reconsider ways I teach and write about not only the Romantic texts Morton analyzes, but also poetics and literary theory overall.’
      • ‘With no room for metaphor and no place for pagan poetics, Protestant discourse was undermining both a symbolic and a social status quo.’
      • ‘And Duncan carried on intense discussions with himself about poetics and the literary life as the selections from notebooks 1954 and 1955 confirm.’
      • ‘In the Middle Ages, rhetoric assumed an important place alongside logic and grammar in the basic educational curriculum known as the trivium, and it provided the basis of poetics or literary theory, understood as a branch of eloquence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Innovative poetries are characterised by the presence of poetics which means that poetics - rightly or wrongly - comes to be seen as the only way of writing about poetry.’
      • ‘Marjorie Perloff and Robert von Hallberg take on contemporary studies in poetry and poetics.’
      • ‘Maria Damon teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Minnesota.’
      • ‘In his introduction the author presents a poetics of the psalmic imagination.’