By Grace M. Ledbetter
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009
Combining literary and philosophical research, this learn defends an completely cutting edge analyzing 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 prior literary tradition.
Literary concept is generally acknowledged firstly Plato's recognized critique of poetry within the Republic. Grace Ledbetter demanding situations this entrenched assumption through arguing that Plato's past dialogues Ion, Protagoras, and Apology introduce a distinctively Socratic idea of poetry that responds polemically to standard poets as rival theorists. Ledbetter tracks the resources of this Socratic reaction by means of introducing separate readings of the poetics implicit within the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar. reading those poets' theories from a brand new perspective that uncovers their literary, rhetorical, and political goals, she demonstrates their decisive effect on Socratic pondering poetry.
The Socratic poetics Ledbetter elucidates focuses no longer 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' remedy of poetry. in contrast to the Republic's specialise in exposing and banishing poetry's irrational and inevitably corrupting impression, Socrates' conception comprises poetry as material for philosophical inquiry inside an tested life.
Reaching again into what has too lengthy been thought of literary theory's prehistory, Ledbetter advances arguments that may redefine how classicists, philosophers, and literary theorists take into consideration Plato's poetics.