Poetics - pr_152717




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This is a translation of Aristotle's "Poetics", an account of Greek tragedy, which demonstrates how the elements of plot, character and spectacle combine to produce "pity and fear", and why pleasure is derived from this apparently painful process. It introduces the concepts of "mimesis" ("imitation"), "hamartia" ("error") and "katharsis", which have informed thinking about drama ever since. It examines the mythological heroes whom Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripidies brought to the stage, and explains the most effective plays rely on complication and resolution, recognitions and reversals.

Product code: 9780140446364

ISBN 9780140446364
No. of pages 144
Dimensions H198xW129xS8
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Suitable for all students of Greek theatre and literature, this book examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process.