Aristotle’s Poetics. The Argument

Else, G. F. Aristotle’s Poetics. The Argument [text, tr., comm.]. Cambridge, Mass., 1957.


“The Poetics  Is an extraordinarily crabbed, difficult piece of writing. Many of its interpreters seem to have been content to let it remain a jungle of twisting paths intersected by an occasional clearing. Some have even embraced the premise—though seldom in so many words—that Aristotle was not a particularly logical or orderly Kopf  and real coherence is not to be expected of him. The present book starts from the very different conviction, which has grown upon me steadily over the years, that in its main lines the poetics is a single, coherent piece of arguments. If this is so, a patient, complete analysis of that argument is still a pressing need.”

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