Redress of Poetry Essay

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QUESTION NUMBER 1; Criticism; Right from the beginning, poets have been condemned as idle people. They are generally considered to be worthless. Some are of the view that the poets are worthless people and some consider them an essential need of life. However, Heaney is a defender of poetry and he gives some lively ideas to prove his view-point and he has been quite successful in defending poetry. Plato and Republic; To demand a utilitarian (useful rather than attractive) and the pragmatic approach from poetry has been as old as Plato. Plato had banished the poets from his Republic. But ironically, his argument was that poetry took us away from the idea, while poetry is in fact is the world of the ideal. He is among the haters of poets and poetry. Plato conceived this world as a world of illusions. This is not the real world. It is an imperfect copy of an ideal world. That ideal world exists in our idea that is why it is called ideal, belonging to the idea. In his ideal Republic, Plato would allow only those people who may take us to perfection. Aristotle opposition; The poet takes us away from the ideal, so he does not allow the poets to enter his Republic. Aristotle opposed his teacher and said, “The poet had a vision and in our appearance he saw our ideal. When he makes our portrait, he does not simply copy the features, he actually draws the character.” Aristotle was of the view that poet was essential to keep balance in society. He insisted that the poet takes us towards the ideal not away from it. Thus Plato opposed poetry but Aristotle supported it. Redress of Poetry; The subject that Seamus Heaney has treated, the redress of poetry, is not a new subject. The nature and purpose of poetry has been a subject of practical importance to everyone who has an interest in poetry. Definition; By redress Heaney means

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