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Overview

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Author

Aristotle

Years Written

c. 350–335 BCE

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Philosophy

At a Glance

Historians and literary experts commonly believe that Aristotle wrote Poetics as a response to Greek philosopher Plato's negative framing of poets and poetry in The Republic (c. 360 BCE). Poetics is Aristotle's treatise on dramatic performance poetry, in which he describes the different types of poetry and outlines their most important elements. This text was one of the first major treatises about drama in the West. Much of Western thought and philosophy owe their roots to the writings and teachings of Aristotle. Although fragmentary, Poetics has left its mark on the development of Western literature and theater.

Perspective and Narrator

Poetics is written in the first person wherein Aristotle addresses his readers and invites them into dialogue, using the first person plural us.

About the Title

Poetics is a treatise on poetry as it was conceptualized in ancient Greece. Aristotle uses the word poetics to include a range of artistic work that, in modern times, would be classified as poetry, drama, and theater.

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