Monday, September 15, 2008

Questions for Plato

Literary Criticism
Key Questions on Plato
What is the distinction Plato makes between forms and reality?
How does Plato differentiate between the role of the poet and that of the philosopher?
How might it be said that the poet imitates imitations? Remember the bed, the carpenter, and the poet.
What is the basic connection between morality and poetry that Plato identifies as being a problem?
Why would Plato have the exemplary poet leave the city?
Habib makes a great deal out of the notion of unity in Plato. How is unity obtained in the city, in his view?
Plato uses Socrates as a figure in his dialogues. How?

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