Aristotle's Poetics

Background

Aristotle's work on aesthetics consists of the Poetics, Politics (Bk VIII) and Rhetoric.[7][8] The Poetics is specifically concerned with drama. At some point, Aristotle's original work was divided in two, each "book" written on a separate roll of papyrus.[9] Only the first part – that which focuses on tragedy and epic (as a quasi-dramatic art, given its definition in Ch 23) – survives. The lost second part addressed comedy.[9] Some scholars speculate that the Tractatus coislinianus summarises the contents of the lost second book.[10]


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