Lesson 1 (from Section I)
In section 1 of "Poetics", Aristotle differentiates art forms from one another in three ways: medium, the objects, and the manner of imitation. The objective of this lesson will be to explore the differences and similarities between poetry and other art forms.
1) Group Discussion: The medium specific to poetry is one that uses language alone. The object which poetry portrays is men in action. Concerning the manner of imitation, some poets may present the poem in the voice of one of the characters or simply straightforwardly describe the events as they happen, as if the reader were experiencing them himself. How does poetry differ from other art forms? How is poetry similar to and different from prose? How is poetry similar to other art forms? What other art forms use language as their medium? Why are these other art forms that use language as its medium...
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