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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
Poetic license? But then, do we
hold politics to a higher standard?
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
"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.
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.
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 "morally hurtful"
o "contrary to artistic correctness"
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