Poetics Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Section I

• Like any art, poetry, as Aristotle states, is a kind of imitation.

• Aristotle explains that arts are differentiated from one another in three ways: medium (the manner in which the art is produced), the objects (what the art imitates), and the manner of imitation.

• The medium specific to poetry, as Aristotle states, is one that uses language alone.

• The object which poetry portrays is men in action.

• Aristotle says that some poets may represent these men worse than they are, some better, and some attempt to represent them how they actually are.

• In regard to imitation, Aristotle mentions that some poets may present the poem in the voice of one of the characters or straightforwardly describe the events as they happen, as if the reader were experiencing them himself.
• According to Aristotle, men are drawn to write poetry for several reasons inherent in human nature.

• Aristotle...

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