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Plutarch, Aristotle, and the Nature of Poetry (II)

Authors
Journal
Laval théologique et philosophique
0023-9054
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/1020055ar
Disciplines
  • Literature
  • Philosophy

Abstract

"Plutarch, Aristotle, and the Nature of Poetry (II)" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article John Neumayr Laval théologique et philosophique, vol. 20, n° 1, 1964, p. 106-131. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : URI: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1020055ar DOI: 10.7202/1020055ar Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI http://www.erudit.org/apropos/utilisation.html Document téléchargé le 18 March 2014 03:51 "Plutarch, Aristotle, and the Nature of Poetry (II)" Plutarch, Aristotle, and the Nature of Poetry * III. ARS IM ITATU R N ATU RAM The question of imitation is not an easy one. All of the meaning and all of the meanings of ars imitatur naturam are not within the limits of my intention. An exhaustive treatment would be a work all to itself. M y aims are to examine a most common and most fund­ amental sense of the idea and to show its relation to the role of Plot in poetry. Certainly two senses of imitation come into play. The first sense is that of the simple imitation of objects in poetry and we have seen something of that already. It suffices to call this sense material imitation for reasons already discussed. The second sense I will call formal imitation, not only to distinguish it from the former sense, but also to relate it to Plot, which in poetry has a formal character. This latter sense is far

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