Aristotle’s Poetics is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and first extant philosophical “Aristoteles” () by Francesco Hayez (–). Part of a. ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Přel. podle vyd.: Aristotelis De arte poetica liber, rec. R. Kassel, Oxonii Pozn. Records 1 – 10 Albanian. Ancient Greek Literature. Aristotelis. Poetika. []: Sotir Papahristo. Tiranë: Çabej, 76p. ISBN: Original title: Περί.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Poetics by Aristotle. Poetics by Aristotle. Aristotle explains how the most effective tragedies rely on complication and resolution, recognition and reversals, centring on characters of heroic stature, idealized yet true to life.

One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, the Poetics has informed serious thinking about drama ever since. It is accompanied by an extended introduction, which discusses the key concepts in detail and includes suggestions for further reading. Paperbackpages. Published September 26th by Penguin Classics first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Poeticsplease sign up. The Poetics is a bunch of notes emanating from Aristotle. Why is the setting ‘in Iran’?

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See 2 questions about Poetics…. Lists with This Book. During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing qristotelio by reciting the epics of Homer. Thousands of men and women xristotelio and were moved to tears by tragedies performed outside in amphitheaters during sacred festivals. Such an amazingly powerful and profound experience for an entire population. What was going on here; why were people so deeply affected?

Well, one of the sharpest, most analytic minds in the history of the West set himself the task of answering ju During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing crowds xristotelio reciting the epics of Homer. Well, one of the sharpest, most analytic minds in the history of the West set himself the task aristotelil answering just this question – his name was Aristotle.

Indeed, Aristotle’s Poetics is one of the greatest philosophical works ever written. For over two thousand years, philosophers, scholars and thinkers have been pouring over each phrase and sentence of the master’s words as if they were nuggets of gold.

There are enough commentaries to fill several thick volumes in a university library. Quite something since the entire Poetics is a mere twenty pages. Of course, in our contemporary world we don’t listen to bards recite epics or go to amphitheaters to watch tragedies, but we have abundant experience of these dramatic elements since we, among other things, read novels and aristoelio films.

So, to provide a taste of Zristotelio work, I offer my modest comments along with quotes from the text. Please take this as an invitation to explore the Poetics on your own. Below is a link to a fine translation and a second link to an extraordinarily clear, brief, easy-to follow commentary.

First, the instinct of imitation is implanted in man from childhood, one difference between him and other animals being that he is the most imitative of living creatures, and through imitation learns his earliest lessons; and no less universal is the pleasure felt in things imitated.


Even if the story involves a Arisfotelio prison camp or an insane chase of a white whale, there is a kind of pleasure in identifying with a character and living arisstotelio the character’s plight. Our humanness is enriched.

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And the story is complete since at the end the case is solved and the criminals answer for their crimes. How many novels and films follow this formula? Round to the nearest million. I can just imagine Gillian Flynn pouring over her Aristotle.

And when it is good, a great pay-off for time spent. View all 22 comments. Oct 28, Bookdragon Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is so accessible. If you compare this to works by Nietzsche, Hegel and Freud the extremities of this can easily be seen.

Aristotle explains his theory in the most basic language possible with no artful language that distances the reader from it.

It is completely comprehensive and virtually impossible not to understand. Aristotle was an advocate of presenting his arguments in the most simplest of languages. And I thank him for it. The Poetics is essentially a guide, or rulebook, for what makes the perfect tragic play.

Aristotle argues, well teaches us, that it is achieved through a Cathartic moment that arouses pity and fear at the same time.

This occurs only if the plot is sufficiently complex, which brings forth the tragic action. The reversal is usually something like the revenger becoming the revenged and this can be achieved through recognition.

In addition, the tragic characters should have a hamartia, which is to say they should have a tragic flaw. This could be something like extreme loyalty or ignorance.

His lack of knowledge causes him to murder his farther and marry his mother, but at the same time leads him to arustotelio a mighty King.

Jul 29, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing. If you want to learn about tragedy–or narrative in general–this is still the best place to start.

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Dec 02, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Plato, of course, wanted to banish all of the artists from his ideal republic. Rather than bring us closer to the truth, Plato believed that art took us further away.

He begins this by agreeing with Plato that art is imitation of the world, but rather than this aristotelik a bad thing, he says that the advantage aristotelip art is that it cuts out the dross of existence and concentrates what is important. By doing this art allows us to look beyond the particulars of our everyday existence and potika the universals. The lessons we learn from art are thereby clearer and easier to assimilate. Life is always lived in the particular, but art, to Aristotle, allows us to see deeper truths because it moves us towards universals.

Characters afistotelio have individual names, but we find it harder to distance ourselves from characters in fiction than we are able to do with characters in history. It would be hard to discuss this book without mentioning catharsis.

It is a Greek word meaning purgative, and to Aristotle the appeal of tragedies arishotelio that aristotelo act like a purgative on our emotions. It is a fascinating idea and one that I think still holds. It would be otherwise hard to see why we enjoy tragedies. Shit happens, but it happens to the best of ppetika as well as to the worst of us. There is always something nice about watching Aristotle slice up the world — he is a remarkably logical person and someone who is able to not only divide the world into its logical components, but to then say pketika interesting things about these slices.


I first read this twenty years ago, it is well worth reading and re-reading. This is the best commentary I could find on The Poetics.

Bywater’s is a much better translation and immensely readable, except for the places where he employs the Greek without transliteration. A good strategy could be to keep to Bywater for a first read, and then use Whalley’s idiosyncratic and ‘deliberately clumsy’ translation while studying his notes.

We can even supplement it with the Lucas notes. The best essay length criticism can be had from Lucas and Else, both of which are referred to of This is the best commentary I could find on The Poetics. The best essay length criticism can be had from Lucas and Else, both of which are referred to often by Whalley. I am planning to read at least one of them soon. Whalley’s comparisons with Coleridge is particularly useful if the reader is interested poetiia learning to think about how Aristotle’s percepts can be made to fit modern literary works.

Also his approach is no to treat every word A. So we usually end up talking very particularly about terms which Aristotle probably wanted to give a wider ambit to. This is when it becomes easy to lapse aristotello thinking that Aristotle is too formalistic and hence dismissing him.

That would be poor form for a student.

View all 3 comments. Letto analiticamente, prendendo fitti appunti, nell’estate del vaghi ricordi di una terrazza non lontana dal mare e altri ricordi che non voglio ricordarepoi riletto continuamente.

Come tutti voi sapete, la poesia [oggi leggi: Appunto, siamo lettori, lo sappiamo tutti, anche senza averlo letto in Aristotele. Jan 07, J. Keely rated it really liked it Shelves: There’s something terribly edifying when, having created your own rubric for how books should be judged, you happen to pick up the work from which all literary criticism arose and find that you and Aristotle have independently produced the same system for judgment.

I know it aristotelko just trickled down to me through cultural osmosis, but it does give me hope that I’m putting the pieces together properly. Poetics is the earliest known work of literary criticism. This copy was laid out in lecture note form. Aristotle gives his views on tragedy, the plot, the characters and the ariatotelio, and then it is compared to epic poetry. Content wise, I think this book is great, but it was just so very boring!

I found the parts with the ancient Greek language particularly difficult to read and analyse.