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Didactic poetry
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1. Concept

The term “didactic” poetry or literature refers to a range of literary forms and genres concerned with conveying theoretical or practical knowledge through the medium of poetic writing. Since the early 18th century, the forms of didactic literature in the strict sense have been the fable and the didactic poem.

In Antiquity, the Tractatus Coislinianus (1st century BCE?) refers to instructive poetry and the grammarian Diomedes (4th century CE) to didactic poetry (Latin didascalice), but in neith…

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Steiner, Uwe, “Didactic poetry”, 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 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023273>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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