Tragedy : A Great Topic

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Tragedy: A Great Topic (In Discussion: The Construction of Poetry) “Of all the Causes which conspire to blind man’s erring judgement, and misguide the mind, what the weak head with strongest bias rules, is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. Whatever Nature has in worth denied, she gives in large recruits of needful Pride: for as in bodies, thus in souls, we find what wants in blood and spirit, swelled with wind: Pride, where Wit fails, steps in to our defence, and fills up all the mighty Void of sense.” (Page 702 Lines 1-10). This is a quote from Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism. Alexander Pope wrote poetry. His favorite topic was informative. In this poem the first fourteen lines are about pride, stanza two is about the lack of learning. He also talks about wit, judging a book by the cover, how hard it is to please, being partial to groups the critic favors, being influenced by others, and more. Aristotle loved to write on tragedy. According to Richard Sorabji, “Aristotle groups together thought, perception and walking as activities of which we are conscious, and does not follow Descartes in protesting that we are not immediately conscious of corporeal walking. Thought, perception and walking are grouped together again, on the grounds that they all belong to humans, none to plants.” Aristotle does not agree with Descartes in what is conscious and what isn’t. Aristotle wrote an essay entitled Tragedy and the Emotions of Pity and Fear. Aristotle and Alexander
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