Representation Of Reality : Aristotle 's Interpretation Of Poetry

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Representation of reality
Although Aristotle’s definition of Poetry is different from ours, it starts to clarify when you read and understand his Poetics.
Aristotle was one of the main philosophers in ancient Greek. He made important contributions to mathematics, biology, physics, politics, dance, theatre and to literature. He was a student of Plato, who himself was a student of Socrates. Aristotle’s work Poetics, has completely defined poetry, how it should be written and what it should include. He believed that Art is not just an expression of the author, but it must something that is defined and disciplined. Although Aristotle’s definition of Art is different from ours, it starts to clarify when you read and understand his Poetics. His first rule of poetry is that “Art must imitate.” Epic poetry, tragedy, comedy and dithyrambic poetry, and music of the flute and of the lyre, they all differ from each other with their objects, their mediums, their manner or mode of imitation. But each of those poetries must imitate. Looking at phrase “Art must imitate”, one might think that it has a special meaning and purpose like I did. But imitation has same meaning that used in modern English. Art must imitate actions in real life, which can be low action or high action. So it means the author must represent something from real life in order to make art. The author cannot just make up everything, and express his feelings or experiences in art. According to Aristotle, the…

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