Poetics - Aristotle Where to start? Honestly, Poetics is one of those books that makes you admire the author while you want to strangle him. This work is highly influential, and you can see its influence in Western Literature in authors such as Shakespeare, Byron, and Miller. It also makes classical literature easy to understand, at least in terms of structure. In short, if you are interested in literature, you should read this book.But you will also want to strangle Aristotle. Yes, he's an ancient Greek and woman's lib was years away, but when he says something like, "Even a woman may be good, and also a slave; though the woman may be said to be an inferior being, and the slave quite worthless" or ". . .valour in a woman, or unscrupulous cleverness, is inappropriate" that makes a reader want to travel back in time and cheerfully strangle the b*st**d despite the knowledge of that was how things were back then.Still, Aristotle's comments on literature, in particular tragedy, are still relevant today. This book is worth reading simply for that.