of the plot as requisite to a good poem; into the number and nature
the name of poet is by custom given to the author; and yet Homer and
Empedocles have nothing in common but the meter, so that it would be right to call the one poet, the other physicist rather than poet."
I agree with Aristotle. Just writing in verse doesn't make a good poem. What would he say about free verse, or the history of poetics for the last two milliennia? Would his analytical view of life adapt to the postmodern world? He wrote over 14,000 words on the subject of poetry alone. One of his main concerns was the influence of art on its audience. He used the word katharsis to describe the emotional experience of an audience watching a play.
Ode to Aristotle by a Mother
Everyone knows you were a genius,
You and the other philosophers were so smart.
You're mothers would be so proud your
writing influenced generations.
Those mothers know, like I do,
that you wouldn't of made it
without them to warn you not to
eat too many olives,
and how to light a fire in the grate.
They know your genius came
from three years of milk
at mother's breast.
and the stories of Greek gods
they spun for you