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Author Ledbetter, Grace M., 1965-

Title Poetics before Plato : interpretation and authority in early Greek theories of poetry / Grace M. Ledbetter
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 128 pages)
Contents Introduction : poetry, knowledge, and interpretation -- Supernatural knowledge in Homeric poetics -- Hesiod's naturalism -- Pindar : the poet as interpreter -- Socratic poetics -- Toward a model of Socratic interpretation
Summary Combining literary and philosophical analysis, this study defends an utterly innovative reading of the early history of poetics. It is the first to argue that there is a distinctively Socratic view of poetry and the first to connect the Socratic view of poetry with earlier literary tradition. Literary theory is usually said to begin with Plato's famous critique of poetry in the Republic. Grace Ledbetter challenges this entrenched assumption by arguing that Plato's earlier dialogues Ion, Protagoras, and Apology introduce a distinctively Socratic theory of poetry that responds polemically to trad
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-124) and index
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Subject Aesthetics, Ancient.
Authority in literature.
Greek poetry -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Poetics -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002016913
ISBN 1400825288 (electronic bk.)
9781400825288 (electronic bk.)