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Poetics by Aristotle


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A translation of Aristotle's Poetics with a lengthy commentary by Samuel Henry Butcher, a distinguished English Classicist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There is an addition "Prefatory Essay" by John Gassner.
  Martin.Arbagi | Oct 26, 2015 |
  OberlinSWAP | Jul 20, 2015 |
I put this off for weeks and I regret it. ( )
  Jphotic | Mar 31, 2014 |
Specifically the Penguin Classics edition, with an excellent introductory essay by Malcolm Heath which outlines the themes, differing interpretations and problems of the text. With the caveat that Aristotle’s conception of tragedy is drama as performed in Ancient Greece, the actual text itself is thought provoking on the nature of drama itself, with many of the basics still applicable today. ( )
  JonArnold | Mar 4, 2014 |
I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same translation I'm writing about, but is the same work. I found the language to be difficult to follow at times, but there is certainly a lot of "meat" here. I could also recognize the importance of what was being said when it comes to analyzing drama and following its early evolution of form. I probably won't be reading it just for fun anytime soon, but I do feel it's an essential part of one's library if they wish to seriously study drama at all. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Oct 29, 2013 |
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Aristotleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Apostle, Hippocrates G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ben, N. van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bremer, J.M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butcher, Samuel H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bywater, IngramEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bywater, IngramTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobbs, Elizabeth A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Donini, PierluigiEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dorsch, T.S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Epps, Preston H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gassner, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gigon, OlofTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groh, FrantišekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nahm, Milton C.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parslow, Morris A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikoski, PenttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Telford, Kenneth A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Von der Dichtkunst selbst und von ihren Gattungen, welche Wirkung eine jede hat und wie man die Handlungen zusammenfügen muß, wenn die Dichtung gut sein soll, ferner aus wie vielen und was für Teilen eine Dichtung besteht, und ebenso auch von den anderen Dingen, die zu demselben Thema gehören, wollen wir hier handeln, indem wir der Sache gemäß zuerst das untersuchen, was das erste ist.
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‘The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy’

In his near-contemporary account of 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 introduces 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, 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.

Malcolm Heath’s lucid English translation makes the Poetics fully accessible to the modern reader. It is accompanied by an extended introduction, which discusses the key concepts in detail and includes suggestions for further reading.

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Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

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McGill-Queen's University Press

2 editions of this book were published by McGill-Queen's University Press.

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