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Poetics

ISBN : 9780199608362

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¥1,463
Author: 
Aristotle; Anthony Kenny
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
140 x 194 mm
Pub date
Jan 2013
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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What is poetry, how many kinds of it are there, and what are their specific effects?'

Aristotle's Poetics is the most influential book on poetry ever written. A founding text of European aesthetics and literary criticism, from it stems much of our modern understanding of the creation and impact of imaginative writing, including poetry, drama, and fiction. For Aristotle, the art of representation conveys universal truths which we can appreciate more easily than the lessons of history or philosophy. In his short treatise Aristotle discusses the origins of poetry and its early development, the nature of tragedy and plot, and offers practical advice to playwrights. This new translation by Anthony Kenny is accompanied by associated material from Plato and a range of responses from more modern literary practitioners: Sir Philip Sidney, P. B. Shelley, and Dorothy L. Sayers. The book includes a wide-ranging introduction and notes, making this the most accessible and attractive modern edition.

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Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Texts and Translation
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Aristotle
Outline of the Poetics
from Plato's Republic, Books II, III, and X
Aristotle's Poetics
from Sir Philip Sidney's Apology for Poetry
from P. B. Shelley's Defence of Poetry
from Dorothy L. Sayers's Aristotle on Detective Fiction
Explanatory Notes
Note on Metre
Glossary of Key Terms
Index

About the author: 

Sir Anthony Kenny is a distinguished philosopher whose books include The Aristotelian Ethics (1978), Aristotle's Theory of the Will (1979), and Aristotle on the Perfect Life (1992). His most recent book is A New History of Western Philosophy (2010). For Oxford World's Classics he has translated Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics.

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