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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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The folktale, as the conclusion to a poem that urges its readers to dispense with the fabrications of poets and look with their own eyes, is a manifestation of poikilia in keeping with the inclusiveness of Hellenistic didactic poetry with respect to the sources for its topic.
Among their topics are exploring the distinctiveness of neo-Latin Jesuit didactic poetry in Naples: the case of Nicol<o`> Partinio Giannettasio, civic education on stage: civic values and virtues in the Jesuit schools of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, colonial theodicy and the Jesuit ascetic ideal in Jose de Acosta's works on Spanish America, purple silk and black cotton: Francisco Cabral and the negotiations of Jesuit attire in Japan 1570-73, discerning skills: psychological insight at the core of Jesuit identity, and distinctive contours of Jesuit Enlightenment in France.
Didactic poetry has similar characteristics over different cultures and times.
I then apply this to didactic poetry by considering the analogies produced in the relationship between the genus names (in Darwin's narrative tableaux and in Smith's descriptive vignettes) and the English footnotes in both poets' works.
Natur thus surges back into prominence just as soon as the immediate needs of didactic poetry no longer compel Gottsched to develop his more attenuated models of verisimilitude.
classifies the poems in the context of didactic poetry (1-9) and describes the state of research on that literary genre (1016), leveling a lot of criticism at Bernd Effe (Dichtung und Lehre (Munich, 1977)) and Yasmin Haskell (Loyola's Bees (Oxford, 2003)), although in the discussion that follows she is often in line with Haskell.
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.
Kay, Sarah, The Place of Thought: The Complexity of One in Late Medieval French Didactic Poetry (Middle Ages), Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001; cloth; pp.
This book is full of ecstatic love poems, in many which Rumi addresses himself with the pen-name of 'Khamoosh' ("Silent"); (2) 'Masnawi Ma'nawi' (9) ("Rhymed Couplets on Spiritual Matters") is a six-volume book of didactic poetry (stories and parables) which Rumi recited to Husam Chelebi during the last decade of his life.
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.