Not the pl. of the adjective from "poetry", but the theory of poetry. Since one can also study how prose texts work by extension "poetics" is used to describe such study too - investigating the effects and techniques common to a type of literature in a particular culture. Thus one can speak of the "poetics of narrative (narratology)".

This page is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos , if you have reached it as a standalone page, to view it in context, go to www.bible.gen.nz
© Tim Bulkeley, 1996-2005, Tim Bulkeley. All rights reserved.