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What is Imintative Poetry and Why is it Bad?

   
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Jessica Moss Plato's argument against poetry in Republic 10 is perplexing. He condemns not all poetry, but only "however much of it is imitative (hose mimetike)" (595a). A metaphysical charge against certain works of poetry ? that they are forms of imitation, "at a third remove from the truth" ? is thus used to justify an ethical charge: that these works cripple our thought and corrupt our souls...
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Jessica Moss Plato's argument against poetry in Republic 10 is perplexing. He condemns not all poetry, but only "however much of it is imitative (hose mimetike)" (595a). A metaphysical charge against certain works of poetry ? that they are forms of imitation, "at a third remove from the truth" ? is thus used to justify an ethical charge: that these works cripple our thought and corrupt our souls...
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