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Poetics
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1. Definition

1.1. Core area

Systematically, poetics (Greek poiētikḗ téchnē, “craft/art of poetry”) constitutes a special area within rhetoric [6]; [8]: the art of speaking well and effectively (Latin ars bene dicendi; Quintilian) includes both oratory (ars oratoria) and poetry (ars poetica). As a subdivision of rhetoric, poetics deals with the norms and forms of poetry, which until well into the 17th centu…

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Stockhorst, Stefanie, “Poetics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025637>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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