Saturday, 1 November 2014

Aristotle's views on Mimesis

                Though Plato was the first to use the term mimesis in connection with poetry, Aristotle gave it a new and definite meaning. In Aristotlean theory, poetic imitation is not mere ' mimicry' or an act of servile imitation, but an act of imaginative recreation, whereby the poet, drawing his material from the phenomenal world, makes something new out of it. In Aristotle's view, imitation is the common basis of all fine arts. While plato equated poetry with painting, Aristotle equated it with music. He also said that the objects of poetic imitation are men of action

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