TwoAristotle’s Poetics

It’s All Greek to Me

“I propose to treat of Poetry in itself and of its various kinds, noting the essential quality of each, to inquire into the structure of the plot as requisite a good poem; into the number and nature of the parts of which a poem is composed; and similarly into whatever else falls within the same inquiry.”

(Poetics, Part I)

Aristotle’s Poetics may be a short read, but it’s also often quite dense and complex, as the above quote handily illustrates. The truth is, it’s not really a unified work itself, but has been compiled over the centuries from various extant works, with many explanations missing, and even some things downright contradictory. Don’t worry about it; we’ll get through all the important ...

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