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- DescriptionThe works collected in this volume have profoundly shaped the history of criticism in the Western world: they created much of the termilogy still in use today and formulated enduring questions about the nature and function of literature. In Ion, Plato examines the god-like power of poets to evoke feelings such as pleasure or fear, yet he went on to attack this manipulation of emotions and banished poets from his ideal Republic. Aristotle defends the value of art in his Poetics, and his analysis of tragedy has influenced generations of critics from the Renaissance onwards. In the Art of Poetry, Horace promotes a style of poetic craftsmanship rooted in wisdom, ethical insight and decorum, while Longinus' On the Sublime explores the nature of inspiration in poetry and prose.
- Author BiographyPlato (c.427-347BC) - philosopher whose thinking has shaped Western intellectual tradition. Aristotle (384-322BC) - influential and prolific author of the Ethics and the Politics. Horace (c.65-8BC) - a Latin lyric poet and satirist. Longinus - an unknown Greek author writing mid 1AD T. S. Dorsch was Professor of English at the University of Durham. He died in 1991. Penelope Murray is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Warwick.
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication17/04/2000
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Classics
- Content Notebibliography, chronology
- Weight191 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byPenelope Murray,T. S. Dorsch
- Introduction byPenelope Murray
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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