So poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history, for while poetry is concerned with universal truth, history treats of particular facts.

διὸ καὶ φιλοσοφώτερον καὶ σπουδαιότερον ποίησις ἱστορίας ἐστίν: ἡ μὲν γὰρ ποίησις μᾶλλον τὰ καθόλου, ἡ δ᾽ ἱστορία τὰ καθ᾽ ἕκαστον λέγει.



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Original Citation

Aristotle. Περὶ ποιητικῆς Peri poietikês [Poetics]. c. 335 BC.

Current Citation

Aristotle. Poetics, translated by James Hutton, edited by David Gorman and Michelle Zerba. W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.