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Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry

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Originally published in 1766, the Laocoön has been called the first extended attempt in modern times to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1766)
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Nahed Rahel
حاول الناقد الإلماني ليسنج في كتابه "لاؤوكون" أن يرد الشعر إلى فلسفة زمانية، والتصوير إلى فلسفة مكانية في محاولة لرصد أوجه الاختلاف بينهما، وقد دفعه ذلك إلى اختيار اسم لاؤوكون عنوانا لكتابه، ولاؤوكون هو أحد كهنة طروادة اليونانيين للإله أبولو غضبت عليه الالهة "فسلطت عليه أفاعي ضخمة قتلته هو وأولاده، وقد أثارت هذه الأسطورة خيال المثالين والشعراء من اليونان والرومان، فصنعوا تماثيل تصور عذاب لاؤوكون والأفاعي تطوقه، ثم جاء فرجيل شاعر الرومان فصور جزعه في شعره" . ومن ثم التقط ليسنج الخيط من التمثال وا ...more
David Goshadze
As an artist, I learned lots of things from this book. It's great for people who're interested in philosophy and aesthetic theories.
Tinka
„Der Endzweck der Wissenschaft ist Wahrheit. Der Endzweck der Künste hingegen ist Vergnügen.“

Ein weiteres Buch auf der langen Liste der „Die Uni wollte es so“ – Bücher. Trotz eines Ratings von gerade mal zwei Sternen muss ich sagen ich fand Laokoon an sich nicht wirklich schlecht, ich hab ganz einfach nur nicht alles so richtig verstanden.

Lessings Schreibstil ist recht flüssig und angenehm, ins Besondere für ein Sachbuch und es hat sich recht schnell gelesen, besonders im Vergleich zu so manch
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Pavel
Essential, perhaps the most important book for anyone who's going to direct either on-stage or in cinema or to become professional artist.
Samson Blackwell
This is incredibly incisive.
Nikolai
Скучна и описателна! :) Лекциите на Хегел са в пъти по-добри... но пък показва развитието на естетическата мисъл!
Samuel
This treatise is a raw undertaking- it comprises a struggle much like that depicted in the cover: namely, to be the Solon giving laws to the wild tribe of artists and intellectuals. Doomed to failure, I read as if it were me wrestling against the monster snakes with my family.
Jen
This isn't a light read, babies.
But I highly recommend this for those who study the Greek classics, poetry, art history or any happy combination of the few!
Thomas
For people interested in aesthetic theory this is a must read. People who aren't will still find this essay engaging and easy to read.
Jamie
Ok, so I only had to read chapters 1-17, but still. It's crossed off the Master's list, it's crossed off of Goodreads...
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Michel Chaouli taught us about the silent scream, which can also be seen in _The Godfather III_, using Laocoon.
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I liked this one. But I suck at philosophy (who knew it was possible).
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (22 January 1729 – 15 February 1781) was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by theatre historians to be the first dramaturg.

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