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The works collected in this volume have profoundly shaped the history of criticism in the Western world: they created much of the terminology 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.... Please click here to ask a question
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