Издательство: Dover Publications
Among the most influential books in Western civilization, Aristotle's "Poetics" is really a treatise on fine art. In it are mentioned not only epic and dithyrambic poetry, but tragedy, comedy, flute playing and lyre playing. Aristotle's conception of tragedy, i.e. the depiction of a heroic action that arouses pity and fear in the spectators and brings about a catharsis of those emotions, has helped perpetuate the Greek ideal of drama to the present day. Similarly, his dictums concerning unity of time and place, the necessity for a play to have a beginning, middle and end, the idea of the tragic flaw and other concepts have had enormous influence down through the ages. Throughout the work, Aristotle reveals not only a great intellect analyzing the nature of poetry, music and drama, but also a down-to-earth understanding of the practical problems facing the poet and playwright. Now, in this inexpensive edition of the "Poetics", readers can enjoy the seminal insights of one of the...