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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Quite short but full of great advice. - Goodreads
The plot is the source and the soul of tragedy. - Goodreads
Valuable insight on story structure. - Goodreads
The best book on the mechanics of writing ever written. - Goodreads
But very dense and hard to read. - Goodreads
... a good reference. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

It is really hard to justify giving Aristotle three stars when I have given five to contemporary romance novels. Reading this, it is clear that the man was a genius, and it is fascinating to see how ... Read full review

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How can you give fewer than five stars to Aristotle? Not that I understood everything though. This is going on the reread pile. Read full review

Contents

ON THE SUBLIME
143
ON STYLE
309
INDEX TO POETICS
527
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