Poetics

by

Aristotle

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A lampoon is a type of comedy in which a single person is satirized. According to Aristotle, when comedy first emerged, lampoonists were known as poets of comedy because comedy was more highly regarded as a form of poetry than lampoons. Aristotle claims that Crates, an Athenian comic poet from the fifth century B.C.E., was the first to develop universal comic storylines rather than just lampoons.
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Chapter 3. The Anthropology and History of Poetry
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However, Homer also wrote lampoons, and Homer’s Margites is as important to comedy as the Iliad and the Odyssey are... (full context)
Chapter 5. Plot: Basic Concepts
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...probabilities, and then characters are selected. This process is different from the construction of a lampoon or tragedy, which often focus on a specific person. What has happened is possible in... (full context)