Aristotle: Poetics

One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history.
ISBN: 9780140446364
Author: Aristotle
Page: 144
Binding: Soft cover
Publication date: 1996
Format: Book
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
Language: English

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In his near-contemporary account of classical Greek tragedy, Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process. Taking examples from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, the Poetics introduced into literary criticism such central concepts as mimesis ('imitation'), hamartia ('error') and katharsis ('purification'). Aristotle explains how the most effective tragedies rely on complication and resolution, recognition and reversals. The Poetics has informed thinking about drama ever since.

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