Here is a new translation, remarkable for its accuracy and refreshing clarity of exposition, of the first major work of literary criticism.Aristotle's doctrines are basic to every critical discussion of Greek tragedy and of other literary forms. Although the Poetics has often been denounced or... show more
Here is a new translation, remarkable for its accuracy and refreshing clarity of exposition, of the first major work of literary criticism.Aristotle's doctrines are basic to every critical discussion of Greek tragedy and of other literary forms. Although the Poetics has often been denounced or rejected, such rejection is usually the result of a misunderstanding of what Aristotle says. And that is where Hutton's work is uniquely important.Commentators have long recognized the need to view the Poetics in the context of its creation and it re-emergence in the Renaissance. Few, if any, however, have had the necessary combination of talents that James Hutton possessed as an accomplished Hellenist with a particularly strong background in Greek philosophy, a graceful stylist in English, and a leading authority on the Renaissance humanists.To supplement his translation, Hutton has provided full explanatory and glossarial notes. In his introduction he discusses the work in terms of Aristotelian thought and its Platonic roots, thereby correcting the dogmatism that often attends study of the Poetics. The introduction also fully outlines the work's historical influence.
Publish date: May 17th 1982
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 115
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Literary Criticism
IntroductionNote on the Texts and TranslationsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of AristotleOutline of the 'Poetics'--From Plato, Republic, Books 2, 3, and 10--Aristotle, Poetics--From Sir Philip Sidney, An Apology for Poetry--From P. B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry--From D. L. Sayers, 'Aristotle on D...
Demystifies great plays and epic poetry by breaking them down into their necessary parts and describing what works, what doesn't and why. For that, five stars, but there is one thing I can't let slide."Even a woman may be good, and also a slave; though the woman may be said to be an inferior being, ...
Even art cannot escape Aristotle’s categorical dissection. This analysis of tragedy and epic poetry (as well as extant fragments on comedy) slices the works of tragedians and separates them into their primary parts. Like an entomologist pulling apart the wings of a butterfly to see beauty. It is ...
Where to start? Honestly, Poetics is one of those books that makes you admire the author while you want to strangle him. This work is highly influential, and you can see its influence in Western Literature in authors such as Shakespeare, Byron, and Miller. It also makes classical literature easy ...
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