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 (dī-dăk′tĭk) also di·dac·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

[Greek didaktikos, skillful in teaching, from didaktos, taught, from didaskein, didak-, to teach, educate.]

di·dac′ti·cal·ly adv.
di·dac′ti·cism (-tĭ-sĭz′əm) n.


1. the practice of valuing literature, etc., primarily for its instructional content.
2. an inclination to teach or lecture others too much, especially by preaching and moralizing.
3. a pedantic, dull method of teaching. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Learning
the views and conduct of one who intends to teach, often in a pedantic or contemptuous manner, both factual and moral material. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
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Noun1.didacticism - communication that is suitable for or intended to be instructive; "the didacticism expected in books for the young"; "the didacticism of the 19th century gave birth to many great museums"
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
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She was unswerving and even unapologetic in her purpose: "My didactic poetry," she wrote, "should be judged by the same criteria as my lyric poetry; in my opinion, it won't be found wanting.
He has been fully integrated into the text as an addressee with his own set of preoccupations and expectations: 'Thus we find that the addressees in these poems [to Florus and Augustus] are so precise and, it appears, so controlling of the sort of material to be discussed that the ever-present generalized addressee of didactic poetry (9) vanishes.
Didactic poetry, often condemned explicitly by many Romantics, provides another good case in point.
These religious scholars not only wrote sophisticated poetry in Arabic for the Islamic elite of the wider region as far as Mecca and Medina, but also authored didactic poetry for the common people in Brava's vernacular.
Indeed, such an esthetic may be said to typify the profusion of Greek and Latin poetry during this period as well: verse encomia and the revitalization of iambic didactic poetry (especially by Gregory Nazianzen) marked innovative moves, while the abundance of mythological motifs stressed continuity with the past (Alan Cameron).
Arnold's increasing commitment to write a didactic poetry appropriate for an aspiring commentator on the age (an aspiration that Arnold eventually realizes in critical prose) has been much discussed, but Arnold, perhaps, indicates his basic motives in a letter to Clough:
The account is necessarily selective; the area of didactic poetry, for example, receives less attention than one might expect.
Elegy" in the Renaissance could include pastoral, funerary, and didactic poetry as well as the paradoxical and often scabrous love-poem, descending principally from Ovid, to which Donne's elegies seem to belong.