Aristotle on mīmēsis as imitation and representation
Going deeper: mīmēsis as re-enactment
Aristotle’s model of a split between seriousness and non-seriousness in the evolution of poetry
On the iambic trimeter as a frame for prototypical poetry
On the iambic trimeter as a mīmēsis of speech
Μουσάων θεράπων καὶ ἑκηβόλου Ἀπόλλωνος,
φίλῃς ἔχων ἐν χερσὶν εὔφθογγον λύρην
There came to Colophon a man, an old man he was, a godlike singer [aoidos],
surrogate [therapōn] of the Muses and of Apollo who shoots from afar,
and in his hands, those hands of his, he held a lyre that made a beautiful sound.
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows only one big thing.
On prose as a mīmēsis of speech