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Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first fully intact philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, the respected Greek sage offers an account of what he calls poetry (which the Greeks understood to literally mean making), examining its first principles and identifying its genres and basic elements, including what he terms drama-comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play - as well as lyric poetry, epic poetry, and iambic pentameter, which he always associates with wit.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ariel | 2/11/2014

    " I finally read this classic theoretical text for my grad school reading list. I'm glad I read it since now I'm more impressive to elitists, Aristotle wasn't exactly engaging because it was so decontextualized. I was just plopped down in this discussion and had no idea what he was responding to, besides Oedipus and the Odyssey and Iliad because I kind of know those texts, because Aristotle just assumes you're up on all the plays he's quoting. It's cool to see someone theorizing about a literary text a millennium ago, though, especially since all the cool people have read Poetics. "

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    " We got all our categories of fiction analysis from this little handbook it turns out. "

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    " Hands down, this is the best resource on dramatic storytelling. Read it. "

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