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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book, which focuses either on one or more of the central themes that recur in Plato's dealing with the poets, or on a dialogue and the way or ways in which poetry and the poets are discussed. While certain recurring themes crystallise themselves with increasing complexity in the course of the various discussions, there remain both contradictions and incompatibilities between results on the one hand, and on the other a number of loose ends and unresolved issues. Overall, however, it is hoped that the book in its present form conveys not just an idea of the richness and multifaceted nature of Plato's appreciation, analysis and criticism of poetry, but also marks some progress in the long-standing debate over Plato's attitude - or should this be attitudes? - to poetry and the poets.

Keywords: Plato; poets



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