Poetics Character Descriptions

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According to Aristotle, this person was not only one of the oldest poets, but also the model poet that all other poets should try to emulate.

Bad Poets

According to Aristotle, this group tailors poetry more towards being accepted by the uneducated masses and forgoes creating anything with true substance.


These people claimed to have invented the poetic genre of comedy, though this claim is contested by many others.


This person was a painter who is noted for depicting the characters of subjects well and, according to Aristotle, was the artistic counterpart to what a good poet ought to be.


According to Aristotle, this artist's work was devoid of ethical quality and can be compared to poetry with one-dimensional and unrealistic characters.


Appearing in a certain famous tragic poem, this fictional character's story is a good example of how tragic plots ought to...

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