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By Professor James Seaton

This e-book deals a historical past of literary feedback from Plato to the current, arguing that this heritage can top be noticeable as a discussion between 3 traditions - the Platonic, Neoplatonic, and the humanistic, originated by means of Aristotle. there are various histories of literary feedback, yet this is often the 1st to elucidate our figuring out of the numerous possible incommensurable ways hired over the centuries through connection with the 3 traditions. Making its case via cautious analyses of person critics, the ebook argues for the relevance of the humanistic culture within the twenty-first century and past

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Her world is brazen, the poets only deliver a golden. But let those things alone and go to man, for whom as the other things are, so it seemeth in him her uttermost cunning is employed, and know whether she have brought forth so true a lover as Theagenes, so constant Plato and Neoplatonism 25 a friend as Pylades, so valiant a man as Orlando, so right a prince as Xenophon’s Cyrus, so excellent a man every way as Virgil’s Aeneas. ” But then Sidney made no claim to be a consistent follower of any doctrine, certainly not the Platonism of the Republic or of Plotinus.

But it was not only Romantics who made extravagant claims for poetry. ,” begins his inquiry by offering a definition very much in the spirit of Shelley’s Defence: “poetry is either nothing, or it is the better part of all art whatever, and of real life too” (103). Mill explains that “poetry” can be found not only in poems but also in painting “if the feeling declares itself by such signs as escape from us when we are unconscious of being seen” (113). Architecture can also “partake of poetry” when church structures, for example, “express, or harmonize with, the feelings of devotion” (116).

But it was not only Romantics who made extravagant claims for poetry. ,” begins his inquiry by offering a definition very much in the spirit of Shelley’s Defence: “poetry is either nothing, or it is the better part of all art whatever, and of real life too” (103). Mill explains that “poetry” can be found not only in poems but also in painting “if the feeling declares itself by such signs as escape from us when we are unconscious of being seen” (113). Architecture can also “partake of poetry” when church structures, for example, “express, or harmonize with, the feelings of devotion” (116).

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