In this, the fullest, sustained interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics available in English, Stephen Halliwell demonstrates that the Poetics, despite its laconic brevity, is a coherent statement of a challenging theory of poetic art, and it hints towards a theory of mimetic art in general.... show more
In this, the fullest, sustained interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics available in English, Stephen Halliwell demonstrates that the Poetics, despite its laconic brevity, is a coherent statement of a challenging theory of poetic art, and it hints towards a theory of mimetic art in general. Assessing this theory against the background of earlier Greek views on poetry and art, particularly Plato's, Halliwell goes further than any previous author in setting Aristotle's ideas in the wider context of his philosophical system.The core of the book is a fresh appraisal of Aristotle's view of tragic drama, in which Halliwell contends that at the heart of the Poetics lies a philosophical urge to instill a secularized understanding of Greek tragedy."Essential reading not only for all serious students of the Poetics . . . but also for those—the great majority—who have prudently fought shy of it altogether."—B. R. Rees, Classical Review"A splendid work of scholarship and analysis . . . a brilliant interpretation."—Alexander Nehamas, Times Literary Supplement
Publish date: December 1st 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Pages no: 384
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 ...