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[poh-et-iks]

The general principles of poetry or of literature in general, or the theoretical study of these principles. As a body of theory, poetics is concerned with the distinctive features of poetry (or literature as a whole), with its languages, forms, genres, and modes of composition. A theorist of poetry or literature may be called a poetician. See also aesthetics, criticism.

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