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Poetics Setting & Symbolism

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Poetry

Poetry is defined in opposition to other forms of art. Like music, poetry uses rhythm and melody; unlike music, however, poetry uses only language. Prose, which uses only language, differs from poetry in that it does not use rhythm or melody. It is also essential to poetry that it depicts a single human action.

Tragedy

Tragedy is a form of poetry which is characterized chiefly by the emotions it attempts to evoke from the audience: pity and fear. Additionally, a tragedy always takes place over a single day. Many tragic poems were performed on stage. This is the highest form of poetry.

Epic Poetry

Epic poetry is a form of poetry which is never performed but always concerns some subject of great magnitude, such as a war or a great hero. Epic poems are never performed on stage, as they are often very long.

Comedy

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