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An ancient text still relevant to this day, Aristotle’s Poetics describes the nature of all verse. As Aristotle saw it, poetry could be classified as one of three types: Tragedy, Comedy, or Epic. Of what does poetic Tragedy consist, though? Or Comedy? Aristotle’s methodical approach to these broad questions offers valuable insight. Digging deep to unearth basic qualities that set one sort of verse apart from another, Aristotle’s work served as a foundation for literary criticism and theory. A worthwhile read for anyone seeking time-tested wisdom on the nature of one of the oldest forms of human artistic expression, Poetics is sure to unlock new interpretations for poems of any era.
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Our subject being Poetry, I propose to speak not only of the art in general but also of its species and their respective capacities; of the structure of plot required for a good poem; of the number and nature of the constituent parts of a poem; and likewise of any other matters in the same line of ...Back to top
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