Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aristotle's "Golden Mean" & "Three Unities"

The ideas of the Golden Mean and the Three Unities are not found named in the Poetics, nor in any of Aristotle's works; they are, however, terms that effectively describe important elements of his thought (argument over one of the three unities notwithstanding.)

Keep both in mind in your reading & reflections on our course texts and assignments. The "rule of not too much" is part of our civilisation's DNA and the "three unities" haunt Western drama even where they are violated: never, by any substantial playwright, ignored.

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