There's nothing poetic about tangled ropes (5)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'there's nothing poetic' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.
'tangled ropes' is the wordplay.
'tangled' is an anagram indicator.
'ropes' anagrammed gives 'PROSE'.
'about' is the link.
Can you help me to learn more?