The Platonic View of Poetic Interpretation Analytical Essay

The Platonic View of Poetic Interpretation
An examination of Soctrates' differing opinions of poetry, as seen in Plato's dialogues.
# 112357 | 7,478 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 22, 2009 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses Plato's catalog of dialogues and the Platonic view of poetic interpretation. It describes how Plato seems to give Socrates different views toward poetry in all of his dialogues. The paper puts certain dialogues together and shows that throughout his life within Plato's dialogues, Socrates' differing opinions of poetry are needed to distinguish Socrates' true ideas of the poetry written in his time. The paper discusses five of Plato's dialogues.

From the Paper:

"When we look over the dialogues that Plato has written involving poetic text we see a pattern in Plato's fears involving poetry and Socrates' ability to decipher meaning from poetic works. Plato does not show many as being able to interpret poetry; in fact, he shows most as being on the opposite end of the spectrum. He shows no confidence in the people of Greece as is se in the Apology, and even feels that those who practice poetry as their profession, both writing and performing, are somehow unable to know exactly what they are writing and speaking about. This poses danger to the people of Greece because the subject matter of the poems is less than just and needs some interpretation to be understood. Plato uses the Lesser Hippias to show what kind of conclusions can be arrived at if one is to under appreciate the care that is need to understand poetry. Plato believes poetry to be so dangerous that he writes a section of the Republic that spells out why it should be banned in the "perfect state.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato's Complete Works, John M. Cooper (Editor), D. S. Hutchinson (Editor), Hackett Publishing Company (May 1997).

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