Excerpt from The Poetics of Aristotle: Edited With Critical Notes and a Translation
Twining Aristotle’s Treatise on Poetry, translated with notes on the translation and on the original, and two dissertations on poetical and musical imitation. London, 1789.
Pye (h. J. A Commentary illustrating the Poetic of Aristotle by examples taken chieﬂy from the modern poets. To which is prefixed a new and corrected edition of the translation of the Poetic. London, 1792.
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