“Poetics” used to mean simply “literature.” Aristotle used the word as a title for his book about the history and basic working principles of literature. Aristotle’s book became a classic in his time and ever since, but so much has been added to literature that it is no longer a complete guide for modern students.
We searched for years to find a single text that would combine good lists, examples, and explanations of literary analysis tools with a history of the important literary periods. We felt that this would add so much to our Tapestry Literature curriculum. Since we could not find one that fit those things, we asked one of our Tapestry literature authors, Christina Somerville, to write a new Poetics for the modern Christian student.
Because we care so much about worldview studies, we also got permission to include James W. Sire’s descriptions of the basic historical worldviews (from his book, The Universe Next Door) in Poetics. Our literary handbook describes and explains literature-shaping worldviews like Buddhism and Hinduism, Deism, Naturalism (also called Atheism), Existentialism, and more.
Poetics covers the whole history of Western literature from ancient to modern. Because it is so comprehensive, our Poetics has proven a useful resource for all of the following standard course titles:
- World Literature I
- World Literature II
- British Literature I
- British Literature II
- American Literature
We hear many stories about how Poetics has helped students to understand the difference between truth and artistry, to become interested in literature, to recognize worldview beliefs in stories, and to love the Bible as a work of artistic truth. We are so glad that so many students have benefited from using this volume!