Philosophy Index

Aristotle

Poetics

Table of Contents

I
   'Imitation' the common principle of the Arts of Poetry.

II
   The Objects of Imitation.

III
   The Manner of Imitation.

IV
   The Origin and Development of Poetry.

V
   Definition of the Ludicrous, and a brief sketch of the rise of Comedy.

VI
   Definition of Tragedy.

VII
   The Plot must be a Whole.

VIII
   The Plot must be a Unity.

IX
   Plot: Dramatic Unity.

X
   Plot: Definitions of Simple and Complex Plots.

XI
   Plot: Reversal of the Situation, Recognition, and Tragic or disastrous Incident defined and explained.

XII
   The 'quantitative parts' of Tragedy defined.

XIII
   Plot: What constitutes Tragic Action.

XIV
   Plot: The tragic emotions of pity and fear should spring out of the Plot itself.

XV
   The element of Character in Tragedy.

XVI
   Plot: Recognition: its various kinds, with examples.

XVII
   Practical rules for the Tragic Poet.

XVIII
   Further rules for the Tragic Poet.

XIX
   Thought, or the Intellectual element, and Diction in Tragedy.

XX
   Diction, or Language in general.

XXI
   Poetic Diction.

XXII
   Poetic Diction: How Poetry combines elevation of language with perspicuity.

XXIII
   Epic Poetry.

XXIV
   Epic Poetry: Further points of agreement with Tragedy.

XXV
   Critical Objections brought against Poetry, and the principles on which they are to be answered.

XXVI
   A general estimate of the comparative worth of Epic Poetry and Tragedy.

Poetics by Aristotle