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The Poetics of Aristotle 1880


Title: The Poetics of Aristotle
Author: Aristotle
Publisher: Cassell
Publication Date: 1880
Format: Hardback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. Stamp to front pastedown, small name inscription to top of first endpaper, otherwise clean pages.

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Reader's note

An 1880 pocket-edition of The Poetics of Aristotle. Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In this text Aristotle offers an account of ποιητική, which refers to poetry or more literally "the poetic art". Aristotle divides the art of poetry into verse drama (to include comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play), lyric poetry, and epic. The genres all share the function of mimesis, or imitation of life, but differ in three ways that Aristotle describes: Differences in music rhythm, harmony, meter and melody. Difference of goodness in the characters. Difference in how the narrative is presented: telling a story or acting it out. The Poetics is primarily concerned with drama, and the analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the discussion.