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Poetics [Paperback]

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12 Dec 2013
Aristotle was one of history's greatest philosophers and one of Ancient Greece's seminal thinkers, a student of Plato's and a tutor of Alexander the Great's. Aristotle's book on Poetics is the earliest surviving work on dramatic theory and the first philosophical look at literary theory. Aristotle discusses the first principles of poetry and its genres and basic elements.

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Dec 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1494456753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494456757
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,794,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writings of Greek philosopher ARISTOTLE (384BC-322BC)--student of Plato, teacher of Alexander the Great--are among the most influential on Western thought, and indeed upon Western civilization itself. From theology and logic to politics and even biology, there is no area of human knowledge that has not been touched by his thinking. Poetics--one of Aristotle's greatest works--is the philosopher's grand and insightful essay on art and its purposes. Why must a story have a beginning, a middle, and an end? How can we define tragedy, and what is the artistic purpose of it? Is there one "ideal" kind of drama? What is the nature of poetry? How consciously should poets and playwrights construct their work? All these questions, and others, are discussed and debated in this, perhaps the single most significant text in Western critical tradition. Writers, actors, students of literature, and armchair philosophers will find it a challenging--and rewarding--read.
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Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics. Aristotle's views on the physical sciences profoundly shaped medieval scholarship, and their influence extended well into the Renaissance, although they were ultimately replaced by Newtonian physics. In the zoological sciences, some of his observations were confirmed to be accurate only in the 19th century. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which was incorporated in the late 19th century into modern formal logic. In metaphysics, Aristotelianism had a profound influence on philosophical and theological thinking in the Islamic and Jewish traditions in the Middle Ages, and it continues to influence Christian theology, especially the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. His ethics, though always influential, gained renewed interest with the modern advent of virtue ethics. All aspects of Aristotle's philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today. Though Aristotle wrote many elegant treatises and dialogues (Cicero described his literary style as "a river of gold"), it is thought that the majority of his writings are now lost and only about one-third of the original works have survived. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Aristotle and O'Neill 1 Nov 2013
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Used this to write my BA, and it was very helpful and a great read if you're a fan of O'Neill for instance, because this is a great help when analyzing his plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tool for anybody in the Theatre 25 Jan 2000
By Chris Consorte - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great tool for those who are entering the field of theatre. It doesn't matter if your an actor, director, set desginer, or a writer, this book will help you understand why certain character traits exist in drama. The amazing thing is that they are true today as they were in Aristotle's time. If my writing career in writing takes off, I owe a lot to this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aristotle's Poetics and modern storytelling 28 Oct 2013
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Though aimed at Greek theater thousands of years ago, it is still amazingly relevant to modern storytelling. The ranking of the elements of theater, with spectacle at the bottom, also applies to movies.
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