An Appeal to Scripture as Mimesis

For discussion of course, but Aristotle, in calling the poet an imitator, notes that the poet validate themselves and their choices in several ways, but one in particular caught my eye,

Further, if it be objected that the description is not true to fact, the poet may perhaps reply, ‘But the objects are as they ought to  be’; just as Sophocles said that he drew men as they ought to be; Euripides, as they are. In this way the objection may be met. If, however, the representation be of neither kind, the poet may answer, ‘This is how men say the thing is.’ applies to tales about the gods. It may well be that these stories are not higher than fact nor yet true to fact: they are, very possibly, what Xenophanes says of them.  But anyhow, ‘this is what is said.’ Again, a description may be no better than the fact: ‘Still, it was the fact’; as in the passage about the arms: ‘Upright upon their butt-ends stood the spears.’ This was the custom then, as it now is among the Illyrians. (Poetics, 25)

I note often that Paul and quotes scripture as defense, essentially saying, I’m right because ‘this is what is said.’

Paul, the poet, the mimick, the meme.

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