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Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #131)
by Adrian Poole
To your local anchorperson, the word "tragedy" brings to mind an accidental fire at a low-income apartment block, the horrors of a natural disaster, or atrocities occurring in distant lands. To a classicist however, the word brings to mind the masterpieces of Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Racine; beautiful dramas featuring romanticized torment. What has tragedy been made to ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published April 1st 1989)
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well-written and intelligent, but for some reason I just could not find it in myself to take any interest in the subject (obviously, not necessarily a deficiency on the part of the author). If only Mr. Poole wrote more extensively - i.e. on topics other than tragedy, as he is really very good
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“Real life’ does not speak for itself. It has to be turned into words, stories, and plots. It is only when these are lifted out of the unstoppable flow that they hold our protracted attention. Where tragedy’s concerned, there is no absolute reason why they have to be told in the form of drama, performed in a theatre. This is why Aristotle is right to insist that the poet’s business is to make plots (mythoi) not verses. That’s what we need from tragedy, he says: good plots.”More quotes…