Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2016)
Aristotle as a critic in Poetics
Author(s): Rekha Devi
Abstract: This paper throws light on Aristotle’s views on imitation and his general theory of poetic truth must be understood in the light of Plato’s philosophy; not only because both of them considered art as an imitative act but also because the major portion of the poetics is meant to be a response to and a critique of Plato’s castigation of poetry. Aristotle observe in the ‘poetics’ that imitation is the most fundamental principle of all fine arts. In poetry, the artist either imitates the noble actions of good men or the mean action of bad men. In the past, the imitation is the former led to the birth of epic and that of later to satire, further from epic organized tragedy and from satire arouse comedy. Epic and tragedy resemble each other in certain respects but differ in certain other ways.