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Aristotle's theory of poetry and fine art : with a critical text and translation of the Poetics

Author: S H Butcher; Aristotle.; John Gassner
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, [1951]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth edition, First American editionView all editions and formats
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This book contains the celebrated Butcher translation of Aristotle's Poetics, faced, page by page, with the complete Greek text (as reconstructed by Mr. Butcher from Greek, Latin and Arabic manuscripts). The editor's 300-page exposition and interpretation follows. In his classic commentary, Butcher discusses with insight, sympathy and great learning Aristotle's ideas and their importance in the history of thought  Read more...
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Butcher, S.H. (Samuel Henry), 1850-1910.
Aristotle's theory of poetry and fine art.
New York] Dover Publications [1951]
(OCoLC)561415714
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristote; Aristote; Aristotle.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S H Butcher; Aristotle.; John Gassner
ISBN: 0486200426 9780486200422
OCLC Number: 336648
Description: lxxvi, 421 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Art and nature --
'Imitation' as an aesthetic term --
Poetic truth --
The end of fine art --
Art and morality --
The function of tragedy --
The dramatic unities --
The ideal tragic hero --
Plot and character in tragedy --
The generalising power of comedy --
Poetic universality in Greek literature.
Responsibility: S.H. Butcher ; with a prefatory essay, Aristotelian literary criticism by John Gassner.

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This book contains the celebrated Butcher translation of Aristotle's Poetics, faced, page by page, with the complete Greek text (as reconstructed by Mr. Butcher from Greek, Latin and Arabic manuscripts). The editor's 300-page exposition and interpretation follows. In his classic commentary, Butcher discusses with insight, sympathy and great learning Aristotle's ideas and their importance in the history of thought and literature. His scholarly remarks cover art and nature, imitation as an aesthetic term, poetic truth, pleasure as the end of fine art, art and morality, the function of tragedy, the dramatic unities, the ideal tragic hero, plot and character, comedy, and poetic universality. A new 35-page introductory essay, Aristotelian literary criticism, by John Gassner, discusses the validity of Aristotle's ideas today and their application to contemporary literature.--From publisher description.

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