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Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM via web

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What are the points that Aristotle discuses in his "Poetics" to prove his views about poetics?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM (Answer #1)

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One of Aristotle's arguments is that the mimesis (imitation) of divine truths is the poets special calling and that to convey these divine truths for which humans spiritually hunger the poet must convey every possible realization (i.e., manifestation) of that truth, e.g., every type and shade of love and loving from every type of person who are cast as characters in the poetry. Concordantly, one on his proofs for this argument was that poets are divinely inspired thus able to rightly and truthfully portray all the variations of a truth. His counter-argument to his own argument of inspiration was that alternatively poets were "mad" and unable to sustain their own individual personality.

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