The Poetics of Aristotle

The Poetics of Aristotle

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In the tenth book of the Republic, when Plato has completed his final burning denunciation of Poetry, the false Siren, the imitator of things which themselves are shadows, the ally of all that is low and weak in the soul against that which is high and strong, who makes us feed the things we ought to starve and serve the things we ought to rule, he ends with a touch of…  See more details below

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In the tenth book of the Republic, when Plato has completed his final burning denunciation of Poetry, the false Siren, the imitator of things which themselves are shadows, the ally of all that is low and weak in the soul against that which is high and strong, who makes us feed the things we ought to starve and serve the things we ought to rule, he ends with a touch of compunction: 'We will give her champions, not poets themselves but poet-lovers, an opportunity to make her defence in plain prose and show that she is not only sweet--as we well know--but also helpful to society and the life of man, and we will listen in a kindly spirit. For we shall be gainers, I take it, if this can be proved.' Aristotle certainly knew the passage, and it looks as if his treatise on poetry was an answer to Plato's challenge.

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ISBN-13:
2940014715799
Publisher:
Halcyon Press Ltd.
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
Halcyon Classics , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
133 KB

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Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and teacher. Together with Socrates and Plato, Aristotle is one of the fathers of Western Philosophy. Born in Stageira in northern Greece, his father (Nicomachus) was the personal physician to King Amyntas of Macedon. Aristotle (meaning 'the best purpose') was raised as a member of the aristocracy. Aristotle went to Athens at eighteen to continue his education, where he became a student of Plato. In 343, Aristotle was invited to tutor Alexander, son of Phillip II of Macedon (Alexander the Great). While Aristotle's writings covered many subjects, they were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics.

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