The Republic (Plato) Essay | Student Essay

This student essay consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis of Poetry and Music for Plato.
This section contains 1,136 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Poetry and Music for Plato

Poetry and Music for Plato

Summary: When he wrote "The Republic", Plato recognized the need for the rulers or `guardians' of his kallipolis to be good and righteous. He also realized that "imitations practiced from youth become part of nature".
When he wrote The Republic, Plato recognized the need for the rulers or `guardians' of his kallipolis to be good and righteous. He also realized that "imitations practiced from youth become part of nature" (Plato, Republic, 395d). It was with these two thoughts in mind that Plato decided to censor poetry and representations in the education of the guardians. He felt that, in portraying gods and heroes as slavish and iniquitous, poets, playwrights, musicians and storytellers encouraged people to imitate and adopt iniquitous and slavish natures or habits. Since it was necessary for the guardians of the just city to have natures opposite to the latter, Plato treated

poetry and representations as dangerous inclusions in the education of "the craftsmen of the city's freedom" (Plato, Republic, 395b-c).

One of the harder parts of the constitution of the kallipolis for modern readers to accept is the...

(read more)

This section contains 1,136 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Poetry and Music for Plato
Copyrights
BookRags
Poetry and Music for Plato from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.