Poetics by Aristotle



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'What is poetry, how many kinds of it are there, and what are their specific effects?'Aristotle's Poetics is the most influential book on poetry ever written. A founding text of European aesthetics and literary criticism, from it stems much of our modern understanding of the creation and impact of imaginative writing, including poetry, drama, and fiction. For Aristotle, the art ofrepresentation conveys universal truths which we can appreciate more easily than the lessons of history or philosophy. In his short treatise Aristotle discusses the origins of poetry and its early development, the nature of tragedy and plot, and offers practical advice to playwrights. This new translation by Anthony Kenny is accompanied by associated material from Plato and a range of responses from more modern literary practitioners: Sir Philip Sidney, P. B. Shelley, and Dorothy L. Sayers. The book includes a wide-ranging introduction and notes, making this the most accessibleand attractive modern edition.

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Sir Anthony Kenny is a distinguished philosopher whose books include The Aristotelian Ethics (1978), Aristotle's Theory of the Will (1979), and Aristotle on the Perfect Life (1992). His most recent book is A New History of Western Philosophy (2010). For Oxford World's Classics he has translated Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics.
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Title:PoeticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the Texts and TranslationSelect BibliographyChronology of AristotleOutline of the Poeticsfrom Plato's Republic, Books II, III, and XAristotle's Poeticsfrom Sir Philip Sidney's Apology for Poetryfrom P. B. Shelley's Defence of Poetryfrom Dorothy L. Sayers's Aristotle on Detective FictionExplanatory NotesNote on MetreGlossary of Key TermsIndex