"Comedy aims at representing men as worse,
Tragedy as better than in actual life."
Meticulously enquiring into the emotional bent of man and his psychological reactions, Aristotles Poetics discusses the origins of epic poetry and examines all poetry as being a form of imitation. It explores the various components of tragedy—plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song—and its effects.
A masterpiece of literary criticism, Poetics has majorly influenced literary theories. Even after centuries it continues to remain an evaluation benchmark for literature.