Does Aristotle's Poetics have relevance in today's contemporary literature? After completeing a semester dealing with Modernism and contemporary texts, I'm having trouble settling down with Literary Criticism and World Classics this semester. I would appreciate help understanding what Literary Criticism is.

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Although Aristotle's Poetics was written 2300 years ago, it remains a core text on the analysis of literature. Literary criticism provides ways to examine literature and Aristotle's Poetics offers some guidelines for deciding whether a tragedy is "good" or "bad". From the text of the Poetics, it becomes clear that Aristotle regarded Sophocles' Oedipus the King as the finest of tragedies.

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