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