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Aristotle: Poetics - Aristotle, and Butcher, S H (Translated by)
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The "Poetics" contains Aristotle's observations on what elements and characteristics comprised the best tragedies based on the ones he'd presumably seen or read. He divides "poetry," which could be defined as imitations of human experience, into tragedy, comedy, and epic, and explains the differences between these forms, although comedy is not covered in detail and tragedy gets the most treatment. Tragedy, Aristotle states, seeks to imitate the matters of superior people, while comedy seeks to imitate the matters of ...