Poetics The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy In his near contemporary account of Greek tragedy Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot character language and spectacle that combine to pr

The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy In his near contemporary account of Greek tragedy, Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process Taking examples from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripide The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy In his near contemporary account of Greek tragedy, Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process Taking examples from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, The Poetics introduces into literary criticism such central concepts as mimesis imitation , hamartia error , and katharsis purification Aristotle explains how the most effective tragedies rely on complication and resolution, recognition and reversals, centring on characters of heroic stature, idealized yet true to life One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, the Poetics has informed serious thinking about drama ever since.Malcolm Heath s lucid English translation makes the Poetics fully accessible to the modern reader It is accompanied by an extended introduction, which discusses the key concepts in detail and includes suggestions for further reading.

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  1. Greece Arabic Bulgarian Russian Alternate European spelling Aristoteles Aristotle 384 322 B.C numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer Aristotle s works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non antiquarian interest A prodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle left a great body of work, perhaps numbering as many as two hundred treatises, from which approximately thirty one survive His extant writings span a wide range of disciplines, from logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, through ethics, political theory, aesthetics and rhetoric, and into such primarily non philosophical fields as empirical biology, where he excelled at detailed plant and animal observation and taxonomy In all these areas, Aristotle s theories have provided illumination, met with resistance, sparked debate, and generally stimulated the sustained interest of an abiding readership.Because of its wide range and its remoteness in time, Aristotle s philosophy defies easy encapsulation The long history of interpretation and appropriation of Aristotelian texts and themes spanning over two millennia and comprising philosophers working within a variety of religious and secular traditions has rendered even basic points of interpretation controversial The set of entries on Aristotle in this site addresses this situation by proceeding in three tiers First, the present, general entry offers a brief account of Aristotle s life and characterizes his central philosophical commitments, highlighting his most distinctive methods and most influential achievements Second are General Topics which offer detailed introductions to the main areas of Aristotle s philosophical activity Finally, there follow Special Topics which investigate in greater detail narrowly focused issues, especially those of central concern in recent Aristotelian scholarship

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  1. During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing crowds by reciting the epics of Homer Thousands of men and women gathered and were moved to tears by tragedies performed outside in amphitheaters during sacred festivals Such an amazingly powerful and profound experience for an entire population What was going on here why were people so deeply affected Well, one of the sharpest, most analytic minds in the history of the West set himself the task of answering just th [...]

  2. It s odd that the most ancient essay on literary criticism is one of the easiest to understand It is so accessible If you compare this to works by Nietzsche, Hegel and Freud the extremities of this can easily be seen Aristotle explains his theory in the most basic language possible with no artful language that distances the reader from it It is completely comprehensive and virtually impossible not to understand Aristotle was an advocate of presenting his arguments in the most simplest of languag [...]

  3. This is perhaps my favourite philosopher of the Ancient world chatting about literary criticism it doesn t really get too much better than this Plato, of course, wanted to banish all of the artists from his ideal republic He wanted to do this because the world we live in is a poor copy of the real world and so art is but a copy of a copy Rather than bring us closer to the truth, Plato believed that art took us further away.It can t have been easy for Aristotle, Plato s student, to disagree with [...]

  4. This is the best commentary I could find on The Poetics Bywater s is a much better translation and immensely readable, except for the places where he employs the Greek without transliteration A good strategy could be to keep to Bywater for a first read, and then use Whalley s idiosyncratic and deliberately clumsy translation while studying his notes We can even supplement it with the Lucas notes.The best essay length criticism can be had from Lucas and Else, both of which are referred to often b [...]

  5. IntroductionNote on the Texts and TranslationsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of AristotleOutline of the Poetics From Plato, Republic, Books 2, 3, and 10 Aristotle, Poetics From Sir Philip Sidney, An Apology for Poetry From P B Shelley, A Defence of Poetry From D L Sayers, Aristotle on Detective Fiction A Note on MetreExplanatory NotesGlossary of Key TermsIndex

  6. There s something terribly edifying when, having created your own rubric for how books should be judged, you happen to pick up the work from which all literary criticism arose and find that you and Aristotle have independently produced the same system for judgment I know it probably just trickled down to me through cultural osmosis, but it does give me hope that I m putting the pieces together properly.

  7. Here is a rudimentary tablet of knowledge by one of the greats First off, it is somewhat incredible to concede the year that this was written, and that almost 2,400 years later we are still eager to explore poetics that are in this aged article so clearly defined Aristotle exalts the poet and holds him in the highest esteem Similarly, I have come to the conclusion that the novelist of literature is the truest of artists, imitating what he sees and painting things as how they are, telling it as o [...]

  8. Como obra de estudo preciosa como entretenimento n o muito indicada Porque j estou numa idade em que me interessa mais a divers o que o conhecimento, n o me esforcei para a compreender a partir de metade desisti de ler as abundantes notas de rodap e desperdicei a oportunidade de apreciar um livro que se mant m vivo h mais de dois mil anos.

  9. Been reading this again Aristotle s take on woman Even a womanmay be good, and also a slave though the woman may be said to be an inferior being, and the slave quite worthless, reminds me of something similar being said by Krishna in the Bhagwadgita I am inclined to reduce the rating here, but will probably do that with a full review.

  10. Letto analiticamente, prendendo fitti appunti, nell estate del 2004 vaghi ricordi di una terrazza non lontana dal mare e altri ricordi che non voglio ricordare , poi riletto continuamente.Ne derivano sempre suggerimenti e curiosit.Come tutti voi sapete, la poesia oggi leggi letteratura pi filosofica della storia Perch la storia tratta del vero, la poesia del verosimile.E quindi la poesia si occupa dell universale, mentre la storia racconta i particolari Appartiene all universale il fatto che qua [...]

  11. Poetica face parte din categoria operelor aristotelice care se adreseaz n principal celor care studiaz literatur i teatru Se presupune c aceast lucrare ar fi fost scris n jurul anului 335 Hr i corespunde primilor ani ai nv m ntului atenian, dar i perioadei n care tragedia greac nu mai era jucat , fiind nlocuit de comedie Faimosul tratat este alc tuit din dou c r i Cartea I este nchinat ramurii nobile a poeziei , adic epopeii i tragediei, iar Cartea a II a ramurii grosolane a poeziei , comedia, n [...]

  12. Well, I tell you what.Did you ever see Dead Poet s Society You know that scene where it s the first day of school and Robin Williams has them read that essay out loud, with all sorts of formulae and things for analyzing poetry where Robin Williams graphs a formula on the board PxI G Remember that That s the feeling I got with this It seems to miss the forest for the trees.OK, it s an analysis of drama and epic poetry But to what end Aristotle apparently felt it would be prescriptive to writers, [...]

  13. Despite the importance this book holds as the first attempt at a guide to art and dramatic critic, I think most of Aristotle s points aren t particularly accurate in the current age.Fortunately for all of us, Art has evolved past form The passing of time has allowed artists, from dramatists to writers, to break the conventions of past eras So no, Aristotle, comedy is no longer about inferior people and tragedy about great people Nor is Art very logically constructed By all means, read the Poetic [...]

  14. I enjoyed this than I thought I would Aristotle examines specific story forms like an ancient doctor analyzing the construction of the human body He has great advice, and the relevancy to the modern works I ve read surprised me.

  15. Whew I made it through my first work by Aristotle If all of his works are written like this, then I don t think it s going to be that bad My perception was that he was extremely difficult But just from this work alone, it seems he is just very thorough A very precise thinker So if he deals with difficult material, he will do so in such a way that is very clear, and not convoluted At least, that is the impression so farThe following example stuck out to me Let it not be said that Aristotle never [...]

  16. I m glad that I have finally read Aristotle s Poetics because it is an important essay on writing and performing actually it s one of the earliest works on literary theory, creative writing and theatre which shouldn t be read only by actors and those who study literature, but by anyone who considers oneself to be an artist Besides the wide space dedicated to tragedy and the epic poetry, the Greek philosopher also inserts elements belonging to other arts, such as music and painting.I m very sorry [...]

  17. It s hard to believe that this formalist approach to literature was actually written in ancient times also most of his ideas are not accepted in modern literary criticism but nobody can deny the role which Aristotle played in history of literature and criticism He really tries to define form and structure of literature, different genres, the laws which literary pieces should be written based on and though it has not been mentioned in the book but it is clearly a critical response to Plato s anta [...]

  18. Every writer should read this, because a lot Aristotle s rules for good writing are still on point after 2,300 years.

  19. A Po tica um livro precioso Arist teles um taxonomista tudo descreve como se fosse um m dico classificando os rg os de um ser vivo e atribuindo lhes as fun es devidas Nesse sentido, o uso errado dos instrumentos de composi o art stica traria como resultado uma obra liter ria doente O mesmo, penso eu, se aplicaria filosofia, ao uso dos instrumentos da raz o Quem n o usa adequadamente os rg os do conhecer um homem doente seja por debilidade pouco uso da intelig ncia , seja por psicopatia uso incor [...]

  20. Can t say that was easy, but i can t so it was hard either It s safe to say, like many people who read this book, that i didn t read this for enjoyment Surprisingly i find myself really enjoying everything in it Very educational and interesting Anyone who s studying literature or literary criticism NEEDS to read this.

  21. Aristotle lays out a theory of drama and poetry that flatly contradicts that of his old teacher Plato Whereas Plato saw the purpose of such arts as presenting an image for viewers to imitate, Aristotle instead sees these arts as a kind of mass catharsis, a vicarious partaking of an action and its consequent feelings which purges the viewer of the desire to actually engage in such activities as he views A particularly interesting piece of fuel for thought which Aristotle provides is his idea that [...]

  22. Aristotelis de arte poetica liber, Aristotle 1335 1337 1343 245 1353 1369 220 1381 1382 1385 1387 1392 9789640007860 4

  23. I acknowledge the importance of this work and it s meaning throughout the history of literature, but that doesn t mean I have to appreciate it Really boring if you ask me.

  24. PART 1The Plots of Greek TragediesFirst published in The New Indian ExpressIt so happens that none of what Aristotle wrote for the public in his time none of the published works has survived the close to twenty four hundred years separating him from us What we have of Aristotle is notes and half written works, never meant for widespread sharing, perhaps written only to be of use to students as references to larger works.One of these texts is Poetics, about sixty odd pages if one measures in toda [...]

  25. Aristotle discusses the forms and best practices of tragedy, comedy, and epic poetry There s a strong emphasis on The Iliad, The Odyssey, and parts of The Orestia which I am familiar with and some other works with which I am not familiar His literary critique and description is surprisingly timeless Also, it s so short and readable that there s no reason to put it off if it s on your reading list.

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