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This article combines a whole translation of Aristotle's "poetics" with a working remark, published on dealing with pages, to maintain the reader in non-stop touch with the linguistic and important subtleties of the unique whereas highlighting an important concerns for college students of literature and literary thought. the amount contains essays via George Whalley that define his approach and function. He identifies a deep congruence among Aristotle's realizing of mimesis and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's view of mind's eye

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Three important discoveries followed: the identification of MS B (in MS Riccardianus 46) as independent of MS A but deriving directly from a common source from which MS A derived at second remove; the discovery of the Arabic version of a Syriac version older than the common source of MSS A and B: and the discovery of a thirteenth-century Latin version of a manuscript closely related to MS A. Butcher's text of 1894 was the first attempt to combine MS A with other texts then available. In the light of successive discoveries, other editions have followed Bywater (1909), Gudeman (1934), Rostagni (1937, 1945), Daniel de Montmollin (1951) - all of which are superseded by Rudolph Kassel's edition of 1965-8 This can be said with confidence: the best Greek text a translator can now work from is a great deal better than any we have had before, not only for the reliability of the central text but for the variety of carefully examined considerations it brings to bear upon the many cruces.

With Aristotle's other manuscripts bequeathed to his friend and successor Theophrastus it came eventually to Rome in 84 BC after the sack of Athens and must have been included in the edition (long ago lost) made a few years later by Andronicus - the basis for our present Aristotelian corpus. But the Poetics, unlike the other works, received no commentary and so was not submitted to early detailed textual examination, and for a time seems to have disappeared. No passage from it is certainly quoted before the fourth century AD; the earliest manuscript with which we have any direct connection was of about the ninth century, and the link is very tenuous; the earliest authoritative Greek manuscript is dated on palaeographical evidence as having been written at the end of the tenth century.

He is less sympathetic to Coleridge than Whalley is, and he does not set out to focus on him, but there are more than a dozen references to him in the last few pages of the article. 45 Yet, where Preston is content to see Coleridge as a follower of Aristotle, or at most as hitting occasionally on certain parallel points, Whalley thinks of him as offering something more fully complementary - as deepening and strengthening Aristotle's account - by maintaining a certain crucial difference. " Coleridge, with this acute ear for poetry, is able to entertain enriched "possibilities of tragic action by allowing for a greater intricacy of initiative, thereby allowing for a finer, more exquisite def- George Whalley on the Poetics xxxiii inition of moral trajectory" (176).

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