Meaning of poetics

po•et•ics

Pronunciation: (pō-et'iks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
  1. literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry.
  2. the study of prosody.
  3. a treatise on poetry.
  4. (cap., italics) a treatise or collection of notes on aesthetics (4th centuryb.c.) by Aristotle.
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