By Malcolm Heath
What's poetry? Why do humans produce and devour it? What results does it have on them? Can it supply them perception into fact, or is it dangerously deceptive? This booklet is a wide-ranging research of the very diverse solutions which historic philosophers gave to such questions. a longer dialogue of Plato's Republic exhibits how the 2 discussions of poetry are built-in with one another and with the dialogue's valuable subject matters. Aristotle's Poetics is learn within the context of his knowing of poetry as a average human behaviour and an intrinsically invaluable component to a great human existence. chapters hint the advance of the later Platonist culture from Plutarch to Plotinus, Longinus and Porphyry, exploring its highbrow money owed to Epicurean, allegorical and Stoic ways to poetry. it will likely be crucial interpreting for classicists in addition to historical philosophers and smooth philosophers of artwork and aesthetics.