Aristotle

Aristotle was born in Stagira in north Greece, the son of Nichomachus, the court physician to the Macedonian royal family. He was trained first in medicine, and then in 367 he was sent to Athens to study philosophy with Plato. He stayed at Plato’s Academy until about 347 — the picture at the top of Read More

Poetics

Critically analyze the theory of imitation given by Aristotle.

Answer: Aristotle took the term ‘Imitation’ from Plato. He gave new a dimensions and significance to the term. Plato was the first to use the word in relation with poetry, but Aristotle breathed into it a new definite meaning. So poetic imitation is no longer considered mimicry, but is regarded as an act of imaginative Read More

Poetics

Catharsis and the Functions of a Tragedy as Given in Poetics.

Answer: Catharsis is the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics to describe the effects of tragedy on the spectator. Aristotle believes in teleology, a metaphysical position according to which Read More

Poetics

Aristotle’s Definition of Tragedy and Tragic Hero in Poetics.

Answer: Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ is a remarkable piece of English Literature. It’s a genuine work of Aristotle where there he actually introduced us of tragedy and tragic hero. In chapter 6 of Poetics Aristotle embarks upon the most important subject of Poetics- the tragic drama. And in the following chapters he discusses the nature of tragedy Read More