Aristotle's Poetics

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Aristotle's Poetics

Translated and with a commentary by George Whalley Edited by John Baxter and Patrick Atherton

George Whalley English translation of the Poetics breathes new life into the study of Aristotle's aesthetics by allowing the English-speaking student to experience the dynamic quality characteristic of Aristotle's arguments in the original Greek.

Aristotle's Poetics combines a complete translation of the Poetics with a running commentary, printed on facing pages, that keeps the reader in continuous contact with the linguistic and critical subtleties of the original while highlighting crucial issues for students of literature and literary theory. Whalley's unconventional interpretation emphasizes Aristotle's treatment of art as dynamic process rather than finished product. The volume includes two essays by Whalley in which he outlines his method and purpose. He identifies a deep congruence between Aristotle's understanding of mimesis and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's view of imagination.

This new translation makes a major contribution to the study of not only the Poetics and tragedy but all literature and aesthetics.

The late GEORGE WHALLEY was professor of English, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

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Aristotle's Poetics
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Aristotle's Poetics i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • George Whalley on the Poetics: A Preface ix
  • Notes xxxiii
  • On Translating Aristotle's Poetics 3
  • Notes 29
  • The Poietic Art 33
  • Works Cited in the Commentary 37
  • Topical Summary 39
  • The Poietic Art 43
  • Commentary 44
  • The Poietic Art 45
  • Appendices 145
  • The Aristotle-Coleridge Axis 159
  • Index 179
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