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February 23, 2011

Leading the Soul

In the Phaedrus, Plato defines rhetoric as “the art of enchanting the soul.” I wonder if Edgar Allen Poe draws from this in his essay The Poetic Principle. There he writes, “I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul.” Poe, very clearly, argues that […]

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