"Poetics" Essays and Research Papers

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Poetics by Aristotle Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory 6 Constituent Parts * plot (mythos) Refers to the "structure of incidents" (actions). Key elements of the plot are reversals, recognitions, and suffering. The best plot should be "complex" (i.e. involve a change of fortune). It should imitate actions arousing fear and pity. Thus it should proceed from good fortune to bad...

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Aristotle's Poetics

Aristotle's Poetics is not one of his major works, although it has exercised a great deal of influence upon subsequent literary studies and criticism. In this work Aristotle outlines and discusses many basic elements that an author should adhere to in order to write a great tragedies and/or poetry. Two important topics that Aristotle addresses and believes to be crucial to the art work is the mimesis, or imitation of life, and that the audience has an emotional response from the work of art, or...

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Aristotle's Theory of Poetics

Aristotle’s Theory of Poetics Research Assignment Aristotle bases his theory of poetics on greek tragedy. He defines tragedy as "the imitation of an action that is serious and also as having magnitude, complete in itself." (Melani, 2009) He views that, "Tragedy is a form of drama exciting the emotions of pity and fear. Its action should be single and complete, presenting a reversal of fortune, involving persons renowned and of superior attainments,and it should be written in poetry embellished...

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An Analysis of Aristotle's Poetics

An Analysis of Aristotle’s Poetics A square may be a rectangle, but a rectangle may never be a square. This idea is not complex, however when it is applies in Aristotle’s Poetics to the Greek Epics and Tragedies, it is suddenly not only applicable in an arithmetic context, but it gives a relevant and true breakdown of the commonalities and different components within these genres of literature. Within these poetics, Aristotle explicates the difference between an Epic and a Tragedy and defines...

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Aristotle's Poetics and Macbeth

which results in a state of emotional fulfillment. Macbeth is considered as a Shakespearian tragedy recounting the events of a Scottish general who murders his King and gains the throne to eventually be assassinated by the King’s son. Aristotle’s Poetics focuses on diction an important aspect of a tragedy. He posits that the language must be formal to convey the seriousness of the events as the play must not be “ludicrous or morally trivial. It is concerned with a serious end namely pity and fear-...

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The Glass Menagerie and Aristotle's Poetics

“The Relationship of Aristotle's Poetics to Modern Dramatic Tragedy as Exhibited in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie” Aristotle's poetics were created by Aristotle himself and they were a literary work of his dramatic theory. “The Glass Menagerie” is a play written by, Tennessee Williams, that exemplifies Aristotle's opinion of poetry being an imitation of life or a mythos. It is also a tragedy because it follows Aristotle's poetic guidelines. Aristotle said in order...

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ticsTHE POETICS OF ARISTOTLE A TRANSLATION BY S. H. BUTCHER A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication THE POETICS OF ARISTOTLE trans. S. H. Butcher is a publication of the Pennsylvania State Univer- sity. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated...

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Oedipus Rex and Aristotle

The Six Elements of a Tragedy in “Oedipus Rex” Aristotle’s “The Poetics” describes the process of a tragedy. It is not the guide per se of writing a tragedy but is the idea’s Aristotle collected while studying tragedies. A tragedy, according to Aristotle, consists of six major points. The first and most important is the plot, which is what all the other points are based on. Such points are: character, language, thought, melody, and spectacle (Aristotle). A prime example of the usage of these...

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Plato & Aristotle Comparison

of a human religious activity.” (80) In the Poetics, Aristotle defends the tragic drama completely and proves that it is useful. He proves the tragic drama demonstrates the beauty of measurement in that it exhibits, “a perfection of form and a sureness of method which guarantees that it will be a satisfactory whole in itself and efficacious in its work-the elements in its composition exhibit symmetry, harmony, and definiteness.” (78) In Poetics, Aristotle outlines in great detail the requirements...

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Poetic Terminology

Assignment #1: Poetic Terminology 1. Alliteration- repetition of a particular sound or syllable two or more times in a group [EX: Elderly elephants egress elegantly] 2. Allusion- casual reference or implication of something [EX: Titles of books often allude to what the contents will hold, subtly or not. A book titled Little House on the Prairie implies that there will be a small house on a plain of grass.] 3. Analogy-two things that have something in common making them comparable [EX:...

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