By Grace M. Ledbetter
Combining literary and philosophical research, this learn defends an completely cutting edge studying of the early historical past of poetics. it's the first to argue that there's a distinctively Socratic view of poetry and the 1st to attach the Socratic view of poetry with previous literary tradition.
Literary concept is mostly stated firstly Plato's recognized critique of poetry within the Republic. Grace Ledbetter demanding situations this entrenched assumption via arguing that Plato's past dialogues Ion, Protagoras, and Apology introduce a distinctively Socratic conception of poetry that responds polemically to standard poets as rival theorists. Ledbetter tracks the assets of this Socratic reaction by means of introducing separate readings of the poetics implicit within the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar. interpreting those poets' theories from a brand new attitude that uncovers their literary, rhetorical, and political goals, she demonstrates their decisive impact on Socratic wondering poetry.
The Socratic poetics Ledbetter elucidates focuses now not on censorship, yet at the interpretation of poetry as a resource of ethical knowledge. This philosophical method of studying poetry stands at odds with the poets' personal theories--and with the Sophists' therapy of poetry. in contrast to the Republic's specialize in exposing and banishing poetry's irrational and necessarily corrupting impact, Socrates' idea comprises poetry as subject material for philosophical inquiry inside of an tested life.
Reaching again into what has too lengthy been thought of literary theory's prehistory, Ledbetter advances arguments that might redefine how classicists, philosophers, and literary theorists take into consideration Plato's poetics.