We have seen that Castelvetro's theory of the drama was based entirely upon the notion of stage representation.
But what, according to Castelvetro, are the conditions of stage representation?
It is from these two facts that Castelvetro deduces the unities of time and place.
This view of Castelvetro, who was remarkable for his independence of Aristotle, was fairly common in France.
Castelvetro, however, arrives at this conclusion on different grounds.
Castelvetro has blamed Ariosto for building on the foundations of Boiardo.
Castelvetro thinks this mode of distinction not only untrue, but even inconsistent with what Aristotle says later of tragedy.
This punctilious cavil is very characteristic of Castelvetro.
For Castelvetro, as in a lesser degree for Robortelli also, the end of poetry is delight, and delight alone.
After undergoing some preliminary examinations, Castelvetro became persuaded that his life was in peril.