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Aristotle, Part 9 t is not the function of the poet to relate what has happened, but what may happen. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Internet Classics Archive, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Diction The way language is presented and enunciated in speech or song Denouement The part of a plot that resolves conflict and allows catharsis Mimesis Imitation; used to discuss representation in art and literature Key Terms Epic Poetry Epic poetry must be a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end built around a single action. It must also have a set meter and use language to imitate reality. Tragedy Tragedy combines six elements: plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song. They usually end with a reversal from good to bad fortune. Poetry & Form Aristotle was a philosopher from the ancient Greek city-state of Athens. He wrote on a wide range of subjects, including politics, ethics, logic, and rhetoric. As a scientist Aristotle stressed close observation and detailed description, influencing fields from biology to physics to psychology. ARISTOTLE384–322 BCE Author All parts of the plot work in harmony to create an organic whole. Unity Tragedy evokes an emotional response but ends with emotional release or purification. Catharsis Art is the imitation of life and connects people with what happens around them. Imitation In a treatise on dramatic form and poetry, Aristotle examines the ways humans use language and form as methods of storytelling. He focuses primarily on tragedy and epic poetry, illustrating how these—and all types of art—seek to relate human experience through imitation. The Language of Storytelling MAIN IDEAS Ancient Greek Original Language 350–335 BCE Year Written Aristotle Author Poetics Philosophy Nonfiction

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