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Poetics. English [Kindle Edition]

Aristotle , S. H. (Samuel Henry) Butcher
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continually and Violently Illuminating 22 Sep 2013
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I tried to read this far too young and thought it was baffling.

On returning to it after reading Robert McKee's excellent "Story" I found it fascinating in the extremes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poetics 28 Aug 2013
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This highlights the problem of an automatic invitation to write a review, of what essentially is a classical classic, which has been translated I do not know how many times. A comparison would be invite a review of Jowett's translation of Plato: the important bit in that is the brilliant - at the time,introductory essays to each dialogue. The translator's acumen is illustrated by the introduction/commentary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable 10 Dec 2011
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
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I was surprised at how readable this was. Artistotle's world was very different that ours is today. He talks of poetry and drama, which we think of as separate, as being the same thing. And of the addition of a second player in that drama as being an innovation. But his talk of the use of spectacle in poetry/drama made me think of the sometimes tiresome CGI spectacles in our modern movie dramas. His observations applied equally to his time and to our most current entertainment.

He was the first to write down many of the principles of plot and character that sometimes seem so obvious as to not need mentioning. And then he'll use that obvious observation to provide an insight that might not otherwise be quite so clear.

Some parts are just as relevant now as they ever were. Some parts are fascinating from an historical perspective, and made me wish I were more familiar with his chosen exemplars, like Aeschylus, Homer, and Euripides. Some parts are just cool, like his dissertation on metaphors, and how to construct them. And Some parts are more wholely of his time than ours.

Readable, for the most part, and anyone who professes a love of writing should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless book 17 Mar 2014
By Andreea - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm glad that I have finally read Aristotle's Poetics, because it is an important essay on writing and performing - actually it's one of the earliest works on literary theory, creative writing and theatre - which shouldn't be read only by actors and those who study literature, but by anyone who considers oneself to be an artist. Besides the wide space dedicated to tragedy and the epic poetry, the Greek author inserts also elements belonging to other arts, such as music and painting.
I'm very sorry that the second part of the book, the one about comedy - is lost, but hopefully the other part of the essay survived, in order to give us a glimpse of Greek theatre and its famous tragedies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic work 6 Dec 2013
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed to read this for a class and have to say it's a Great classic work on poetics by Aristotle. Well worth reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. 28 April 2013
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Essential. The bridge between ancient thought and our present day. Wonderful sunset out the window. Just grand. Since I
have to put in more words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humanitites cannot resist 17 May 2013
By Vincent Dangolovich III - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a humanities student of any capacity, particularly a performance major, then you owe it to yourself to read this classic work. It was a huge help in my comparison of African Orature and Close-up Magic.
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