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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