Essays describing the art and theory of poetry e.g. Poetics by Aristotle.
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[n] study of poetic works
literary study, prosody
\Po*et"ics\, n. [Cf. F. po['e]tique, L. po["e]tica, po["e]tice, Gr. ? (sc. ?.] The principles and rules of the art of poetry. --J. Warton.