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The Preface to Aristotle's Art of Poetry   By: (1651-1722)

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The Preface to Aristotle's Art of Poetry by André Dacier is a remarkable interpretation of Aristotle's renowned work on the theory of literature. Dacier's translation and commentary excellently bring Aristotle's ideas to a wider audience and present a comprehensive understanding of ancient Greek aesthetics.

From the beginning, it is evident that Dacier is an erudite scholar who possesses a deep familiarity with both Aristotle's original text and the historical background from which it originates. This expertise is skillfully conveyed through his precise translation, maintaining the essence of the original while making it accessible to a non-specialist readership. Dacier's commitment to accuracy and authenticity shines through his meticulous rendering of complex philosophical concepts into readable prose.

One of the most delightful aspects of this preface is Dacier's insightful commentary and analysis of Aristotle's work. Rather than simply offering interpretation, Dacier engages in a thoughtful dialogue with the text, providing valuable context and making connections between ancient Greek culture and contemporary literary theories. His observations are enlightening, shedding light on significant aspects of Aristotle's ideas that might be unfamiliar to the average reader.

Moreover, Dacier's writing style is elegant and engaging, making the preface a pleasure to read. His clarity of thought and concise expression allow for an easy grasp of complex philosophical concepts. In addition, Dacier's enthusiasm for the subject matter resonates throughout the pages, as he conveys not only his intellect but also his passion for ancient Greek literature.

Despite the book being a preface, Dacier manages to cover a substantial range of topics related to Aristotle's Art of Poetry. He explores the nature and purpose of poetry, its relationship to imitation, and the significance of the various poetic genres. Dacier's ability to condense and present these ideas while maintaining coherence is a testament to his mastery of the subject matter.

However, it is important to note that this preface, by its nature, is primarily an introduction to Aristotle's original work rather than a stand-alone analysis. While Dacier does an excellent job in summarizing and contextualizing Aristotle's ideas, those seeking an in-depth exploration might need to turn to the original text itself.

Overall, The Preface to Aristotle's Art of Poetry by André Dacier is both a valuable companion and an outstanding piece of scholarship. Dacier's careful translation, insightful commentary, and eloquent style make this preface an essential read for anyone interested in ancient Greek aesthetics, literary theory, or the work of Aristotle.

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Publication Number 76

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library University of California Los Angeles 1959

GENERAL EDITORS Richard C. Boys, University of Michigan Ralph Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles Vinton A. Dearing, University of California, Los Angeles Lawrence Clark Powell, Clark Memorial Library

ASSISTANT EDITOR W. Earl Britton, University of Michigan

ADVISORY EDITORS Emmett L. Avery, State College of Washington Benjamin Boyce, Duke University Louis Bredvold, University of Michigan John Butt, King's College, University of Durham James L. Clifford, Columbia University Arthur Friedman, University of Chicago Louis A. Landa, Princeton University Samuel H. Monk, University of Minnesota Ernest C. Mossner, University of Texas James Sutherland, University College, London H. T. Swedenberg, Jr., University of California, Los Angeles

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY Edna C. Davis, Clark Memorial Library


André Dacier's Poëtique d'Aristote Traduite en François avec des Remarques was published in Paris in 1692. His translation of Horace with critical remarks (1681 1689) had helped to establish his reputation in both France and England... Continue reading book >>

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