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13 Jun

Aristotle: Critical Notes

Aristotle (384 – 324 BC) The disciple of Plato. Plato’s name not even mentioned in his Poetics. The tutor of Alexander the Great. T.S. Eliot calls him “a perfect critic”. Saintsbury hails him “the very Alexander of criticism”. His works are his lecture notes. Why is it said that Aristotle’s works are ‘acromatic’ i

13 Jun

Plato: Critical Notes

Plato(c.429 – 347 BC) The history of Western criticism can be seen as a series of footnotes to Plato. His views have exerted a strong influence on generations of thinkers who came after him. His views are diverse and even contradictory. On the one hand he glorifies the artist while on the other he is opposed to art as an end in itself.  “Of all philosophers he is th

13 Jun

Literary Terms

Neoclassicism Neoclassicism (c.1660-1798) is a term used to describe the classicism that dominated English literature from the Restoration to the late eighteenth century. It is a literary movement inspired by the rediscovery of classical works of ancient Greece and Rome. It exalts the virtues of proportion, unity, harmony, grace, decorum, taste, manners and restraint. It values real