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Classical Literary Criticism : Penguin Classics - Aristotle

Classical Literary Criticism

Penguin Classics

By: Aristotle

Paperback Published: 17th May 2000
ISBN: 9780140446517
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The works collected in this volume have profoundly shaped the history of criticism in the Western world: they created much of the terminology still in use today and formulated enduring questions about the nature and function of literature. In Ion, Plato examines the god-like power of poets to evoke feelings such as pleasure or fear, yet he went on to attack this manipulation of emotions and banished poets from his ideal Republic. Aristotle defends the value of art in his Poetics, and his analysis of tragedy has influenced generations of critics from the Renaissance onwards. In the Art of Poetry, Horace promotes a style of poetic craftsmanship rooted in wisdom, ethical insight and decorum, while Longinus' On the Sublime explores the nature of inspiration in poetry and prose.

About The Author

Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became tutor of the young Alexander the Great. When Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his school and research institute, the Lyceum, to which his great erudition attracted a large number of scholars.

After Alexander's death in 323, anti-Macedonian feeling drove Aristotle out of Athens, and he fled to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. Very many of them have survived and among the most famous are the Ethics and the Politics.

Introductionp. vii
Homer and the Early Greek Poetsp. viii
Aristophanesp. xvi
Gorgias and the Sophistsp. xx
Platop. xxiii
Aristotlep. xxix
The Alexandriansp. xxxvi
Horacep. xxxix
Longinusp. xliv
Epiloguep. l
Further Readingp. lii
Literary Chronologyp. lviii
Ionp. 1
Republic 2p. 15
Republic 3p. 24
Republic 10p. 40
Poeticsp. 57
The Art of Poetryp. 98
On the Sublimep. 113
Notesp. 167
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ISBN: 9780140446517
ISBN-10: 0140446516
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th May 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 2

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