Aristotle's Treatise on Poetry Volume 1

Aristotle's Treatise on Poetry Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...a proof of this. Amp/u'araus ' The original here is all incurable corruption, and impenetrable obscurity. See (hf! NOTE. Ampkiaraus had left the temple' this, the Poet, for want of conceiving the action to pass before his eyes, overlooked; but in the representation, the audience were disgusted, and the piece condemned. ' In composing, the Poet should even, as much as possible, be an actor r for, by natural sympathy, they are most persuasive and affecting, who are under the influence of actual passion. We share the agitation of those, who appear to be truly agitated---the anger of those, who appear to be truly angry. I V Hence it is, that Poetry demands, either great, natural quickness of parts, or an enthusiasm allied to madness. By the first of these, we mould ourselves with facility to the. imitation of every form; by the other, transported out of ourselves, we become what we imagine. ' When the Poet invents asubject, he should, first, draw a general sketch of it, and afterwards give it the detail of.its_Episodes, and extend it. The general argument, for instance, of the Iphigem'a7, should be considered in this way: " A virgin, ' As the subject of this Tragedy is' not known, it seems impossible, from what is here said, even to guess how this was. 1 In T auris.-The general spirit of this precept of Aristotle is well illustrated by Diderot in the Esrai sur la Pocsie Dram. at the end of his Pm: de Famille, p. 292, 86c. " Surtout, s'imposer la loi dc ne pas jeter sur le papier " une scule idee de dcmil, que lepla-n ne soit arrete," 86cents. ' Y " A virgin, on the point of being sacrificed, is im" perceptibly conveyed away from the altar, and &quotshow more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817931
  • 9781236817938