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Chapters 1–5 Aristotle introduces the question "What are the elements of a good poem?" He proposes to inquire into at least two of ... Read More
Chapters 6–8 Aristotle sets aside the subjects of comedy and epic poetry and introduces tragedy as the topic of the following chapt... Read More
Chapters 9–12 The chapter opens with the argument that the poet's job is to write about what may happen, as opposed to what has happ... Read More
Chapters 13–16 In this chapter Aristotle lays out the aims of a tragic poet and what the poet should avoid. A tragedy should follow t... Read More
Chapters 17–19 Aristotle discusses the importance of working out the technical details of the acting and setting of any play very car... Read More
Chapters 20–22 This chapter is likely an aside and focuses primarily on the basic elements of language. Aristotle begins with the con... Read More
Chapters 23–24 The topic shifts away from the tragic to epic poetry in this chapter. According to Aristotle, epic poetry should follo... Read More
Chapters 25–26 Aristotle presents the issue of critical objection in poetry. As discussed earlier in the text, Aristotle returns to t... Read More
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