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Literary Terms From Laocoon by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: An Overview Lessing in his criticism from Laocoon, formulates the fundamental difference between painting, sculpture and poetry. In his view painting employs figures and colors in space, whereas poetry employs articulate sound in time. Thus "painting can imitate actions, but only by the way of indication and through the means of bodies". Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Poetry can paint bodies, but only by the way of indication and through the means of actions. Painting can avail itself of one moment of action and poetry can make use of one single property of bodies.

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His long digressions and considerations of other thinkers mean that each possible side is considered however. However, he also uses those terms to rate and describe physical beauty. He conflates sculpture and painting into the same thing: A visual art. So he uses both to contrast with poetry, ignoring that sculpture and painting are totally different art forms and as such have different strengths and weaknesses.

A comparison of the strengths of all three separately, that is painting v. Similarly, Lessing conflates poetry and prose into the same thing. Ironically, he is generally disparaging of prose.

Again, this totally ignores the differences between poetry and prose. He is a white guy from the 18th century in northern Europe, and so his definition of physical beauty is narrow and While people within the body positivity movement might find his acceptance of different body types okay, he largely only supports fat up to a certain point. Perfectly symmetrical faces, long hair, voluptuous breasts, simple metal adornments, and luminous eyes are requirements for beauty in women.

Men, too, have to fit certain criteria of fitness and attractiveness. On a related note, he does argue that an early version of photoshopping might have been happening in statuary, however: He believes that early statues made their subjects more beautiful in order to accentuate their importance. Unfortunately, Lessing never finished this project. He intended to write two or three more volumes, but died before he could.

It also includes biographical information for people mentioned, long chapter notes to illuminate the references Lessing makes which probably would have been easily understood by an eighteenth century audience , and translations of the long sections of non-English and non-German writings that he quotes.

Lessing himself opens the door for his work to be read in these terms, as he claims that his ideas apply not only to words and images, but all things beautiful -- that is to say, any artistic aesthetic. His ultimate goal is not to rob the verbal i.

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From Laocoon by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: An Overview

His long digressions and considerations of other thinkers mean that each possible side is considered however. However, he also uses those terms to rate and describe physical beauty. He conflates sculpture and painting into the same thing: A visual art. So he uses both to contrast with poetry, ignoring that sculpture and painting are totally different art forms and as such have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Le materie insegnate erano varie, fra queste, vi erano Greco e Latino, alcune lingue contemporanee, e, ovviamente religione. Fu uno studente assiduo e ottenne la licenza con un anno in anticipo. Egli si convinse che i libri lo avrebbero reso erudito, ma non avrebbero mai fatto di lui un uomo. A 19 anni mise in scena con grande successo una sua commedia, Il giovane erudito , che aveva per tema la satira contro il mondo degli eruditi, che egli ben conosceva. La compagnia teatrale di Johann Neuber si sciolse per bancarotta e Lessing, che ne era il garante, dovette scappare a Berlino , dove conobbe Voltaire. Dal il suo lavoro come bibliotecario viene interrotto da numerosi viaggi a Lipsia, Berlino, Dresda , Praga. La sua tomba venne ritrovata 20 anni dopo da Carl Schiller.

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His father was a Lutheran minister and wrote on theology. Young Lessing studied at the Latin School in Kamenz from to Afra in Meissen. After completing his education at St. He translated several French plays for her, and his interest in theatre grew. During this time, he wrote his first play, The Young Scholar.

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