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Classical Literary Criticism



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Aristotle's "Poetics" has long been recognized as a seminal work of literary criticism. His analysis of tragic drama, epic poetry and stylistic devices such as metaphor, and his famous notion of the cathartic purging of the emotions, have defined a critical terminology for generations of later writers. In the "Ars Poetica" Horace defends the civilizing power of poetry and the fundamental importance of the principle decorum; while the anonymous author of the treatise "On the Sublime" (who was formerly erroneously thought to be Longinus) stresses the innate ability required to produce poetry of sublime grandeur.

Product code: 9780140446517

ISBN 9780140446517
Dimensions H198xW129xS15
No. of pages 256
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
A collection of works that 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. It features works that include "Ion", "Poetics", "Art of Poetry", and "On the Sublime".