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Aristotle was a Greek philosopher around the time 350 BC He wrote a selection titled Tragedy and the Emotions of Pity and Fear from his work titled Poetics One of Aristotle concepts is based on imitation The poet should make his plots and verses on his experiences to imitate real life actions William Wordsworth was a late seventeenth early eighteenth century poet He wrote a selection titled from the preface to Lyrical Ballads In this work one of his main points for poems is to choose incidents and situations from common life Both Wordsworth and Aristotle have similar ideas about relating poems to imitate an action and to evoke emotions to help understand the poetry betterAristotle focuses this selection on tragedy Aristotle says that Tragedy is a process of imitating action which has serious implications is complete and possess magnitude A World of Ideas Lee A Jacobus p684 Imitating tragedy makes the audience or reader relate themselves to what is happening If the poet is to have a tragedy that is unrealistic than the audience will disapprove of it and will not believe it William Wordsworth also argues how poems should be imitated similar to real life The principal object then proposed inthese Poems was to choose incidents and situations from common life and to relate or describe them throughout as far as possible Jacobus p 718 If one chooses situations which people can relate to they are more apt to understand the poem and thus more likely to enjoy it People relate to common life occurrences easier making ones poetry easier to comprehend If one goes on making poems which people do not relate to then they are more likely to not understand and relate too Wordsworth argues Humble and rustic life was generally chosen Jacobus p718 He gives many reasons for this it speaks a plainer language people can understand this life better feelings of greater simplicity may be more accurately contemplated and
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