July 30 - October 9, 2018

From Section XXV:                                    ARISTOTLE_POETICS

"... the standard of correctness is
not the same in poetry and politics,
any more than in poetry and any
other art."

  Poetic license?  But then, do we
  hold politics to a higher standard?

                                          Political license.

Further, in Section XXV:

"Within the art of poetry itself
there are two kinds of faults, those
which touch its essence, and those
which are accidental."

    Core and perhipheral,
    Significant and trivial... ?

    "Accidental" seems like a strange
    word to use here.

And more from
Section XXV:

"But if the failure is due
to a wrong choice if he has            Back in the mid-80s, there was a Prof
represented a horse as                 Sinclair in the Stanford MatSci
throwing out both his off              department, who gave a popular talk
legs at once ..."                      about Myubridge's work in the 1870s
                                       using flash photography to study the
"... not to know that a hind           motion of horse's legs-- this was a
has no horns is a less                 study funded by Leland Stanford
serious matter than to paint           himself, to settle a bet he had going.
it inartistically."                    
                                           Sinclair made the point 
    Aristotle is thus in sync              that paintings before      
    with what I think of as                this study was done      
    the Hollywood attitude:                often showed horses legs
    "Aww, they won't know the              doing very peculiar,        
    difference."                           unbelievable things--   
                                           afterwards, when it was  
                                           understood what they       
    The general ignorance of               really did, they all    
    the audience justifies any             showed poses more true  
    amount of blatant fakery--             to life-- and true to     
    and artistic license                   our perception once we   
    covers for any amount of               were all aware of how     
    imitation without fidelity             horses move.             
    to reality.                            
                                                There's a Rebecca Solnit
                                                book about Muybridge,       
    DIEHARD          "River of Shadows":      
                                                "If one wanted to find an
                                                absolute beginning point,    
                                                a creation story, for        
                                                California's two greatest
                                                transformations of the       
                                                world, these experiments  
                                                with horse and camera       
                                                would be it."            
Continuing with Section XXV:                    
"To justify the irrational, we appeal    
to what is commonly said to be."         
   Look, I know this is bullshit, but the    
   guys in the cheap seats love this guff.   
"In addition to which, we urge              
that the irrational sometimes does
not violate reason; just as 'it is         It's back to Agathon,
probable that a thing may happen           already quoted in
contrary to probability.'"                 Section XVIII (is
                                           this the *only*
                                           quotation used twice
"... there are five sources from           in "The Poetics"?).
which critical objections are drawn."

  o  "impossible"
  o  "irrational"
  o  "morally hurtful"
  o  "contradictory"
  o  "contrary to artistic correctness"