Incorporating the best modern work on the Poetics, Halliwell's translation is aimed at those who want a reliable version of Aristotle's ideas along with concise and stimulating guidance. A running commentary explains the structure and detail of Aristotle's argument, attempts to provoke further thought about the work's strengths and weaknesses, and offers suggestions on relating the Poetics to later stages of literary theory and practice.
Intended primarily for Greekless students of literature, this helpful volume offers a fairly literal but clear translation of the Poetics, followed by a chapter-by-chapter commentary. The commentary stresses major themes such as Aristotle's teleological and normative view of literature, his central demand for intelligibility of plot structure, and his virtual ignoring of the ``religious'' side of tragedy; it avoids minutiae and scholarly controversy. Halliwell aims to give the Poetics a sympathetic but sometimes critical presentation for readers with modern presuppositions. For academic collections. Richard Hogan, Southeastern Massachusetts Univ., North Dartmouth
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Meet the Author
Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek in the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of several books on Plato, Aristotle, and Aristophanes, and, most recently, of Greek Laughter: A Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity (2008)