Poetics before Plato: Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry

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Contents
Acknowledgmentsix
Abbreviationsxi
Introduction: Poetry, Knowledge, and Interpretation1
Chapter One
Supernatural Knowledge in Homeric Poetics9
Poetry and Knowledge15
The Object of Knowledge19
The Poet22
The Audience26
The Sirens27
Does the Theory Apply to the Poem?34
Chapter Two
Hesiod's Naturalism40
Poetry and Skepticism42
Poetic Therapy as Mimesis48
Personality in Hesiod54
Chapter Three
Pindar: The Poet as Interpreter62
Poetry, Truth, and Deception68
Poetry and Its Effect74
Chapter Four
Socratic Poetics78
A Rhapsode's Knowledge79
Ion's Virtuosity84
Poetic Inspiration and Socratic Interpretation (533d-536d)87
The Rhapsode's Speech (536d-542b)95
Chapter Five
Toward a Model of Socratic Interpretation99
Protagoras as Critic101
Socrates as Sophistic Interpreter104
The Puzzle108

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Poetics before Plato: Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction - Poetry, Knowledge, and Interpretation 1
  • Chapter One - Supernatural Knowledge in Homeric Poetics 9
  • Chapter Two - Hesiod's Naturalism 40
  • Chapter Three - Pindar: the Poet as Interpreter 62
  • Chapter Four - Socratic Poetics 78
  • Chapter Five - Toward a Model of Socratic Interpretation 99
  • Bibliographic References 119
  • Index 125
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