Poeticsby Aristotle, Anthony Kenny
Pub. Date: 01/20/2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This volume brings together the three most original and influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Artistotle's "Poetics" contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a translation that is both accurate and readable. His… See more details below
This volume brings together the three most original and influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Artistotle's "Poetics" contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a translation that is both accurate and readable. His authoritative introduction traces the work's debt to earlier theorists (especially Plato), its distinctive argument, and the reasons behind its enduring relevance. The essay "On the Sublime," usually attributed to "Longinus" (identity uncertain), was probably composed in the first century A.D.; its subject is the appreciation of greatness ("the sublime") in writing, with analysis of illustrative passages ranging from Homer and Sappho to Plato and Genesis. In this edition, Donald Russell has revised and newly annotated the text and translation by W. Hamilton Fyfe and provides a new introduction. The treatise "On Style," ascribed to an (again unidentifiable) Demetrius, was perhaps composed during the second century B.C. It seems to reflect the theoretical energy of Hellenistic rhetorical works now lost, and is notable particularly for its theory and analysis of four distinct styles. Doreen Innes' fresh rendering of the work is based on the earlier Loeb translation by W. Rhys Roberts. Her new introduction and notes represent the latest scholarship.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to 1998 edition|
|I||The Setting of the Poetics||1|
|II||Aristotle's Aesthetics 1: Art and its Pleasure||42|
|III||Aristotle's Aesthetics 2: Craft, Nature and Unity in Art||82|
|V||Action and Character||138|
|VI||Tragedy and the Emotions||168|
|VII||Fallibility & Misfortune: The Secularisation of the Tragic||202|
|VIII||The Chorus of Tragedy||238|
|IX||Epic, Comedy and Other Genres||253|
|X||Influence & Status: the Nachleben of the Poetics||286|
|App. 1||The Date of the Poetics||324|
|App. 2||The Poetics and Plato||331|
|App. 3||Drama in the Theatre: Aristotle on Spectacle (opsis)||337|
|App. 4||Aristotle on Language (lexis)||344|
|App. 5||Interpretations of katharsis||350|
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Aristotle's Poetics is hailed as the first systematic critical theory in the world. For centuries and centuries, it has inspired writers, critics, and philosophers alike. Aristotle, the father of critics, as many would exalt him, sets the rules for many key literary genres such as Tragedy, Comedy, and Epic. Through comparing and contrasting these classical genres, Aristotle convincingly argues for the highness and greatness of tragedy, as the most mimetic literary genre. Thanks to Aristotle, we are introduced to such eternally important critical terms such as mimesis(imitation), muthos(plot), anagnorisis(discovery), peripeteia(reversal),hamartia(misjudgment), catharsis(purgation). In other words, Aristotle's Poetics is the bible for critics, playwrights, and fans of tragic literature.