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This anthology brings together core classical texts for understanding literature The selections from Plato illustrate the poetic philosopher s surprising exclusion of poets from his ideal republic In his response, Poetics, Aristotle draws on the works of the great Greek playwrights to defend the value of the art Horace s The Art of Poetry is a vivid practitioner s guide that promotes a style of poetic craftsmanship rooted in wisdom, ethical insight, and decorum Longinus s On the Sublime explores the nature of inspiration in poetry and prose This volume is a work of great value and interest to classicists, students, and writersIn her Introduction, Penelope Murray compares and contrasts the viewpoints of these formidable critics as well as their impact on the Western tradition This edition also includes a new bibliography and chronology and comprehensive notes to each of the textsForthan seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world Withthan ,titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to datetranslations by award winning translators

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