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Classical Literary Criticism: Poetics/Ars Poetica/On the Sublime

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Aristotle's Poetics has long been recognized as a seminal work of literary criticism. His analysis of tragic drama, epic poetry and stylistic devices such as metaphor, and his famous notion of the cathartic purging of the emotions, have defined a critical terminology for generations of later writers. In the Ars Poetica Horace defends the civilizing power of poetry and the ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published August 28th 1977 by Penguin Books (first published -350)
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Caracalla
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The inclusion of Horace was a little strange but the poem had a few good things to say about the figure of the poet in Rome and showed how a lot of Aristotle and Plato's ideas had been translated to Roman literary thought.

Longinus and the Poetics were both really great. I'm not convinced by Aristotle's conviction that plot has to be central to these plays. His obsession with 'recognition' is somewhat more dubious; it's a necessary step in a fair few tragedies but by no means all of them. There's
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SBC
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I found Aristotle's On the Art of Poetry virtually unreadable so eventually I gave up.

Horace's On the Art of Poetry was excellent! Clearly written and conceived with logical advice that is still relevant to any writer today.

I didn't really attempt Longinus's On the Sublime.
Nusaibah
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much less harder than I thought it would be! It is completely understandable, quite enjoyable, and certainly interesting. A must read for literature students.
Lysergius
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A play should have a beginning, a middle and an end. Good advice.
Peter Worley
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The standard text on storytelling. A must read. Much of it will seem cliched or hackneyed but remember this had never been said before 2 and a half thousand years ago!
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(Greece: Αριστοτέλης)
(Arabic: أرسطوطاليس)
(Bulgarian: Аристотел)
(Russian: Аристотель)
(Alternate European spelling: Aristoteles)


Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today contin
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