According to


According to (Poetry foundation, 2009), Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, was a student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle. He was the first systematic critic who inquired into the nature of imaginative literature and put forward theories which are both illuminating and provocative. His philosophical writings are primarily in the form of dialogues which was known as Socratic dialogue, where truths are revealed by a series of questions and suggestions based on questions and their responses. In Book III and X of ‘The Republic’, Plato addresses the problem of poets. This essay is going to look at Plato’s views on the imitative nature of poetry, his objection to poetry and the value and role of poetry in society.