Tragedy

Notes

Tragedy

The classic discussion of Greek tragedy is Aristotle’s poetics. He defines tragedy as the imitation of an action that is serious and also as having magnitudes, complete in itself. He continues, tragedy is a form of drama exciting the emotions of pity and fear. Its action should be single and complete, presenting a reversal fortune, involving persons well known and of superior ability, and it should be written in poetry decorated with every kind of artistic expression. The writer presents incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith to interpret its catharsis, Hamartia, suffering, discovery,a spectacle that provides tragic pleasure in any poetics or drama.