from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Literary criticism that deals with the nature, forms, and laws of poetry.
  • n. A treatise on or study of poetry or aesthetics.
  • n. The practice of writing poetry; poetic composition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The theory of poetry, or of literature in general

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles and rules of the art of poetry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of criticism which treats of the nature and laws of poetry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. study of poetic works


From the Poetics of Aristotle (Wiktionary)



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