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The Poetics of Aristotle

The Poetics of Aristotle (335 BCE) is the earliest surviving treatise of dramatic theory and the first philosophy of literary theory from the West that influenced centuries of philosophers ever since. Unfortunately, it is one of only thirty one surviving treatises by Aristotle of over two hundred he wrote; the rest were lost over the centuries. As a literary website, we thought it was imperative to feature Aristotle's epic logic and scientific method to evaluate epic poetry. From Chapter IV: "Poetry in general seems to have sprung from two causes, each of them lying deep in our nature."
This edition of The Poetics was transcribed by S. H. Butcher. See who followed Aristotle's advice; visit 100 Great Poems





Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Chapter XIV

Chapter XV

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVII

Chapter XVIII

Chapter XIX

Chapter XX

Chapter XXI

Chapter XXII

Chapter XXIII

Chapter XXIV

Chapter XXV

Chapter XXVI

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