The Poetics of Aristotle, Its Meaning and Influence

The Poetics of Aristotle, Its Meaning and Influence

The Poetics of Aristotle, Its Meaning and Influence

The Poetics of Aristotle, Its Meaning and Influence

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It is only less difficult to write a popular book about the Poetics ofAristotle than to write one about the Elements ofEuclid. Yet I trust the following pages give an intelligible account of what Aristotle tried to say in his book on poetry, and how writers in various ages have reacted to his thoughts.

In dealing with such a topic in limited space I could not avoid omissions. I am conscious that the expert reader will miss not a few names of scholars and poets who have studied the Poetics; and that in order to make clear the significance of Italian criticism, and to give at least reasonable attention to the Poetics in English literature, I have had to dispose of the French critics, an endless subject, in summary fashion.

From the nature of the series in which this volume appears, I can give nothing like a full account of my indebtedness for various items in my book. I owe a large debt to the works of Bywater and Spingarn, an appreciable debt to . . .

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