The Poetics of Aristotle [NOOK Book]

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Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry" (a term which in Greek literally means "making" and in this context includes drama—comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play—as well as lyric poetry, epic poetry, and the dithyramb). He examines its "first principles" and identifies its genres and basic elements. His analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the ...
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The Poetics of Aristotle

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Overview

Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry" (a term which in Greek literally means "making" and in this context includes drama—comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play—as well as lyric poetry, epic poetry, and the dithyramb). He examines its "first principles" and identifies its genres and basic elements. His analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the discussion. Although Aristotle's Poetics is universally acknowledged in the Western critical tradition, Marvin Carlson explains, "almost every detail about his seminal work has aroused divergent opinions."

The work was lost to the Western world and often misrepresented for a long time. It was available through the Middle Ages and early Renaissance only through a Latin translation of an Arabic version written by Averroes.
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  • BN ID: 2940014197090
  • Publisher: Philtre Libre
  • Publication date: 4/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 44 KB

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Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Hey guys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Less than 50% OCR success...

    Over half the book is unreadable due to uncorrected OCR. Portions of text scanned in as graphics and were left that way (ironically making more readable portions)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    An ancient classic of dramatic theory. I found it very interesti

    An ancient classic of dramatic theory. I found it very interesting.

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