Aristotle's Poetics

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The Poietic Art

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1447a8 §1 The poietic [art]' in itself and the various kinds of it, and
what [particular] effect each kind has, and how plots should
be put together if the making2 is to prosper;3 and how many10 elements it has and of what kind; and likewise everything else
that belongs in this area of inquiry -- let us discuss all this,
beginning in the natural way with first things.4

I


PART I DIFFERENTIATION OF THE POIETIC ART

First Things

§ 2 Now epic-making and the making of tragedy, and come-
dy too, and the art of making dithyrambs,5 and most of the art
of composing to the flute and lyre -- all these happen to be, by15 and large, mimeseis.6 But these arts differ from one another in

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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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