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Theory of imitation


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Theory of imitation

  2. 2. “The right function of art is to put before the soulthe images what is instrinsically great andbeautiful.”-Plato
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION Plato was a great Greek critic of literature, philosopher, thinker, educatio nalist. He was also a fine literary stylist and great story teller. He introduce “theory of imitation ‘’
  4. 4.  According to him, the nature is only true and other materials are imitation or copy of the truth. So literature and poetry are not true it’s imitation of nature.
  5. 5.  He gives an example of a carpenter and a chair to understand theory of imitation.
  6. 6.  The idea of ‘chair’ first came in the mind on carpenter. He gave physical shape to his idea out of wood and created a chair. The painter imitated the chair of carpenter. Thus, painter chair is twice to remove from reality.
  7. 7.  Literature is harmful to the society and misguide the people of country and spoil the youth. Plato also against poetry. He wanted to banish poets from the country because he believed that poetry spoil the young mind.
  8. 8. CONCLUSION Plato is a great critic and his view of imitation is true at some point but the poetry is not harmful to the society. So, the view of Plato should not followed in literature.