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Politics/Poetics

Aristotle

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Aristotles discussion of government in the Politics is so idea packed that its been argued over ever since being written. Its an empiric description of human nature under various historical circumstances, filled with information on what hadMoreAristotles discussion of government in the Politics is so idea packed that its been argued over ever since being written. Its an empiric description of human nature under various historical circumstances, filled with information on what had happened to former states & what was happening in his own time, coupled with an analysis of the structure of society.While its believed Aristotles Poetics comprised two books–-on comedy & tragedy–-only that on tragedy has survived. He taught that tragedy is composed of six elements: plot-structure, character, style, spectacle & lyric poetry. The characters are merely a means of driving the story- & the plot, not characters, is the chief focus of tragedy. Tragedy is the imitation of action arousing pity & fear, & is meant to effect the catharsis of those emotions. He concludes Poetics with a discussion on which is superior: epic or tragic mimesis. He suggests that because tragedy possesses all the attributes of an epic, possibly possesses additional attributes such as spectacle & music, is more unified, & achieves the aim of its mimesis in shorter scope, its superior.