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Poetics and Rhetoric (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    The Original Story Analyst

    The principles in what was probably a compilation of Aristotle's 'lectures notes' are timeless, and have influenced story analysis for the past 2400 years. His understanding of story as a contrived mechanism aimed to MOVE audiences should be a relief to every writer who takes it to heart: the elements required for drama and dramatic fiction and nonfiction are not infinite but a handful. But that handful must be dealt with properly or the assembly will have no effect on audiences. He tells us Homer's greatness was that 'he himself is nowhere to be found in his works, his characters everywhere' that Homer began 'in the middle of things' (Latin rhetoricians called it, 'in medias res' and that every great story needs a discovery that leads to a turning point in the protagonist's progress toward comedy or tragedy. Don't leave home without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    DON'T BUY

    Reading this book is very difficult. The footnotes disrupt the actual piece and it's hard to find the actual writings. Very poorly done. Don't waste your money on this unless you want to spend hours figuring out which words go where.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Questionable Book

    The enjoyment of reading the philosphical writings of one of the most famous philosophers of all time is hampered by the formatting of this translation. The placement of the footnotes are placed in such awkard places that they interfer with the flow of the text. The translation is serviceable, but the arrangement of the notes strikes me as perfunctory at best.

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