Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Aristotle's thoughts on tragedy

From Aristotle's Poetics:

Every tragedy, therefore, must have six parts, which parts determine its quality - namely Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Song. Two of the parts [song and diction] constitute the medium of imitation, one [spectacle] the manner, an three the objects of imitation. And these complete the list. These elements have been employed, we may say, by the poets to a man.


I like Aristotle. It all flows so logically. I've learned more from him in the past couple of nights than from a whole slew of 'how-to-write' manuals.

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