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Rhetoric is reasoning in written word. Aristotle doesn’t go too far into rhetoric in Poetics (he addresses that in his other manuscript Rhetoric); however, he does claim that poets of contemporary tragedy make their characters speak rhetorically, meaning they argue some point or express some idea.

Rhetoric Quotes in Poetics

The Poetics quotes below are all either spoken by Rhetoric or refer to Rhetoric. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Poetics published in 1997.
Chapter 4 Quotes

So tragedy as a whole necessarily has six component parts, which determine the tragedy’s quality. The medium of imitation comprises two parts, the mode one, and object three; and there is nothing apart from these.

Related Characters: Aristotle (speaker)
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:
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Rhetoric Term Timeline in Poetics

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Chapter 4. Tragedy: Definition and Analysis
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...to say what is appropriate and important, which, written in prose, serves the purpose of rhetoric. Contemporary poets make their characters speak rhetorically, and reasoning is the way in which they... (full context)