Poetics

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Aesthetics - 533 pages
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This volume brings together the three most original and influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Artistotle's Poetics contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a reliable text and a translation that is both accurate and readable. His authoritative introduction traces the work's debt to earlier theorists (especially Plato), its distinctive argument, and the reasons behind its enduring relevance. The essay On the Sublime, usually attributed to "Longinus" (identity uncertain), was probably composed in the first century A.D.; its subject is the appreciation of greatness ("the sublime") in writing, with analysis of illustrative passages ranging from Homer and Sappho to Plato and Genesis. In this edition, Donald Russell has judiciously revised and newly annotated the text and translation by W. Hamilton Fyfe and provides a new introduction. The treatise On Style, ascribed to an (again unidentifiable) Demetrius, was perhaps composed during the second century B.C. It seems to reflect the theoretical energy of Hellenistic rhetorical works now lost, and is notable particularly for its theory and analysis of four distinct styles (grand, elegant, plain, and forceful). Doreen Innes' fresh rendering of the work is based on the earlier Loeb translation by W. Rhys Roberts. Her new introduction and notes represent the latest scholarship.
  

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Good advice on writing in general as well as poetics. - Goodreads
The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy. - Goodreads
A wonderful foundation for storytelling. - Goodreads
This is hard to read but very interesting. - Goodreads
The best book on the mechanics of writing ever written. - Goodreads
... a good reference. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tommy - Goodreads

Note to self: Though purported to be one of the most important books about storytelling, Poetics is incomplete. It is missing its half on comedy and presents simply only the arbitray Freytag's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

A logical, methodical and utterly necessary guide for those who wish to create drama. It also aids those who analyze, read, and/or view drama. Aristotle's Poetics is something that is taught in high schools and then reiterated again in universities, and rightly so--it's timeless. Read full review

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ON THE SUBLIME
143
ON STYLE
309

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