Plato and Aristotle on Poetry

Plato and Aristotle on Poetry

by Gerald F. Else


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Plato and Aristotle on Poetry by Gerald F. Else

This book is a guide to the poetics of the two Greek fountainheads of Western literary theory. Part I traces the development of Plato's great themes of inspiration and imitation but makes no attempt to reduce his disparate statements to a system. Part II demonstrates that Aristotle's Poetics embodies a powerful theory of literature that answers Plato's objections to poetry as an emotionally powerful, and therefore dangerous, communication of false opinion.

Originally published in 1987.

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ISBN-13: 9780807898161
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Else's treatment here of Platonic aesthetics is the best now available. His detailed review of the principal themes in Aristotle's Poetics provides a concise and intelligent study of the major issues in that work. This imaginative and provocative book deserves wide reading.—Choice

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