The Rhetoric, Poetic, and Nicomachean Ethics ... Translated from the Greek, Volume 1

A.J. Valp, 1818

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Pagina 298 - But most important of all is the structure of the incidents. For Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of an action and of life, and life consists in action, and its end is a mode of action, not a quality.
Pagina 170 - Without a sign his sword the brave man draws, And asks no omen but his country's cause.
Pagina 88 - I had it not from Jove, nor the just gods Who rule below ; nor could I ever think A mortal's law of power or strength sufficient To abrogate th' unwritten law divine, Immutable, eternal, not like these Of yesterday, but made ere time began.
Pagina 320 - For the poet as much as possible should cooperate with the gestures [of the actor] ; since those are naturally most adapted to persuade who are themselves under the influence of passion. Hence, also, he agitates others who is himself agitated, and he excites others to anger who is himself most truly enraged. Hence, poetry is the province either of one who is naturally clever, or of one who is insane. For these characters, the one is easily fashioned, but the other is prone to ecstasy.
Pagina 330 - ... the fourth to the third; in which case the fourth may be substituted for the second, and the second for the fourth. And sometimes the proper term is also introduced besides its relative term.
Pagina 337 - Hence, as we have before observed, in this respect also Homer will appear to be divine, when compared with other poets, because he did not attempt to sing of the whole of the Trojan war, though it had a beginning and an end.
Pagina 336 - Concerning the poetry, however, which is narrative and imitative in meter, it is evident that it ought to have dramatic fables, in the same manner as tragedy, and should be conversant with one whole and perfect action, which has a beginning, middle, and end, in order that, like one whole animal, it may produce its appropriate pleasure;^ and that it may not be like the custom of histories, in which it is not necessary to treat of one action, but of one time, viz. of such things as have happened in...
Pagina 310 - Hence it is necessary that a plot which is well constructed, should be rather single s- than twofold, (though some say it should be the latter,) and that the change should not be into prosperity from adversity, but on the contrary into adversity from prosperity, not through depravity, but through some great error, either of such a character [as we have mentioned], or better rather than worse. But the proof of this is what has taken place.
Pagina 317 - Tyro. These signs also may be used in a better or worse manner. Thus Ulysses, through his scar, is in one way known by his nurse, and in another by the swineherds. For the recognitions which are for the sake of credibility, are more inartificial, and all of them are of this kind ; but those which are from peripetia, such as were made...
Pagina 252 - Nireus, whom Aglae to Charopus bore, Nireus, in faultless shape and blooming grace, The loveliest youth of all the Grecian race ; ^ Pelides only match'd his early charms ; But few his troops, and small his strength in arms.

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