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This article combines an entire translation of Aristotle's "poetics" with a working statement, published on dealing with pages, to maintain the reader in non-stop touch with the linguistic and significant subtleties of the unique whereas highlighting the most important concerns for college students of literature and literary idea. the amount contains essays by means of George Whalley that define his strategy and goal. He identifies a deep congruence among Aristotle's realizing of mimesis and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's view of mind's eye.

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Latinistic words are to be avoided as far as possible. When a suitable English word does not match a central Greek word, the Greek word can be transliterated (for example, 'mimesis', 'opsis', 'lexis', 'poietic'), not in order to introduce a technical word of invariable meaning (which is the business not of language but of mathematical symbolism), but to remind the reader of the root meaning and implied functions of the word. The writing would have a spoken rhythm to allow for the vigour, informality, brokenness and sudden changes of direction in the Greek; it would be easy in movement, syntactically a little ramshackle, perhaps, to catch the sound of a voice that is good to overhear, bespeaking the grave unhurried self-possession of a man who is confident that he can think aloud coherently and inventively.

Juliet McMaster (Toronto: Macmillan, 1976), 106-33. This essay is reprinted in Studies in Literature and the Humanities, ed. Brian Crick and John Ferns (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985), 145-74. The Crick and Ferns volume also contains a useful "Bibliography of the Works of George Whalley," 263-7. 2 George Whalley to Gerald Else, 29 November 1969, George Whalley Papers, Queen's University Archives, Kingston. All correspondence cited in this preface is from Queen's Archives.

It's a fair guess, then, that he has Preston in mind in "The Axis" when he writes: "Like Aristotle, Coleridge thinks of poetry as making; he uses the word 'creative' very seldom and then in a way that bespeaks a fastidious theological sensibility" (174). But if on this issue Whalley and Preston are at odds, they come closer together in several others that Whalley has marked, including the following: Coleridge in his very best critical principle and practice, still maintains a solidly Aristotelian core.

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