In the Oxford English Dictionary, imitation is defined as, “The action or practice of imitating or copying.” Aristotle establishes that poetry uses language to imitate real life (although he does state that it is "form of imitation [...] to this day without a name"), and that it is an art form all it’s own. A further definition of imitation is “a thing made to look like something else, which it is not.” What is it that poetry is looking like? In the use of our language we are able to interpret the world much as a dancer or musician might interpret their art. With language however the interpretation becomes clearer and yet remains an imitation of what is real, for once an event occurs, it becomes a thing of the past. It is this remainder that is the imitation, an attempt through words to capture something fleeting.
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