Poetic Justice in the Drama: The History of an Ethical Principle in Literary Criticism (Classic Reprint)by Michael A. Quinlan
The book which is here presented to the public constitutes only a part of a much larger work in which the author has become interested, namely, The History of Ethical Principles in Literary Criticism. In the present case no attempt has been made to discuss
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The book which is here presented to the public constitutes only a part of a much larger work in which the author has become interested, namely, The History of Ethical Principles in Literary Criticism. In the present case no attempt has been made to discuss anything but the historical aspect of the matter. Poetic Justice in the Drama is a large subject in itself and admits of a wider range of treatment than has been here attempted. As a problem study it presents the solution of two difficulties, one concerning the Greek origin of the doctrine of rewards and punishments in dramatic art, the other concerning the English basis of the same doctrine. In order to treat these two problems in a satisfactory manner, it was necessary to examine closely the leading sources of literary criticism from Plato to Addison, and to give special attention to certain minor literary critics who flourished in England during the last quarter of the seventeenth century and the first quarter of the eighteenth. To the solution of these two problems has been added a study of the general attitude of literary critics towards the doctrine of poetic justice during the two centuries that have elapsed since Addison's time.
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