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Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting by Brian Price

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Thirty-SevenConclusion

Bringing It All Back Home

“Poetry implies either a happy gift of nature or a strain of madness. In the one case, a man can take the mold of any character; in the other, he is lifted out of his proper self.”

(Poetics, Part XVII)

Okay, so what have we learned?

A whole bunch, hopefully. But here are some highlights.

Storytelling, the art of telling lies skillfully, has been around since the dawn of man, distinguishing humans from all the other creatures on Earth and connecting us as a species.

Its basic form and content transcend geographic and cultural boundaries, and have remained relatively unchanged throughout history.

And while screenwriting, the most contemporary and perhaps ubiquitous form of storytelling, may ...

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