Poetics Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Aristotle differentiate the arts from one another?

Arts are differentiated from one another in three specific ways: firstly, the medium, which is the manner in which the art is produced, secondly, the objects, which is what the art imitates, and lastly, arts are differentiated from one another based on the manner of imitation.

2. Based on Section I of Aristotle's "Poetics", how is the medium specific to poetry similar to and different from prose?

The medium specific to poetry is similar to prose in that they both use language alone. The medium specific to poetry is unlike prose because poetry uses rhythm in the form of a meter.

3. Aristotle explains that the object which poetry portrays is men in action. How may poets differ in how they represent these men?

Poets differ in how they represent men in action in various ways. Some poets represent men worse than they are. Other poets represent men better than they actually are. Still other poets may attempt to represent men how they actually are.

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