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Plato: Poetry And Creativity

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The subject of this chapter is poetic creativity as it features in various Platonic works: the nature and source of creativity, as well as the way in which it differs from the activity of philosophy. The chapter argues that Plato gives us atleast three quite different models of poetic creativity. One can be extracted from the Ion and the Meno, another from the Symposium and a third from the Gorgias and Republic VI. The main focus of the chapter is on the model given in the Symposium where Diotima talks of how such poets as Homer and Hesiod succeeded in creating works that would secure them everlasting memory.

Keywords: Plato; poetic creativity; poetry



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