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This book is a guide to the poetics of the two Greek fountainheads of Western literary theory. Part I traces the development of Plato's great themes of inspiration and imitation but makes no attempt to reduce his disparate statements to a system. Part II demonstrates that Aristotle's Poetics embodies a powerful theory of literature that answers Plato's objections to poetry as an emotionally powerful, and therefore dangerous, communication of false opinion.
Originally published in 1987.
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"Else's treatment here of Platonic aesthetics is the best now available. His detailed review of the principal themes in Aristotle's Poetics provides a concise and intelligent study of the major issues in that work. This imaginative and provocative book deserves wide reading."-- Choice
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Book Description The University of North Caroli, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807817082
Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0807817082