Poetry and mimesis in Aristotle's poetics
Keywords:Aristotle, catharsis, Eleos, Phobos, mimesis, Mithos, Poetics
Aristotle's Poetics deals with the definition of tragedy and with an analysis of Mithos raising, its contents and formal requirements. According to him, Mimesis is joined to what is universal, verosimilar and/or necessary, and it pressuposes the realm of effects, which is definitive when considering tragedy. Hence, it is possible to establish a difference with respect to the platonic description of Mimesis. The text also deepens Catharsis as a term merely mentioned in the defmition of tragedy but of great weight in the aristotelean idea of poetry. Finally, it is attempted to connect Catharsis with Eleos (pity) and Phobos (fear) upon which the communitarian character of the poetical occupation rests.
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