Locke And Hoffman's Poetry

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Hoffman compares the Poet’s education to Locke’s theory of knowledge. He affords special attention to Shelley’s statement (2003: 92) in the Preface, ‘The magnificence and beauty of the external world sinks profoundly into the frame of his conceptions’. Hoffman (1933: 12) compares Shelley’s work to Locke’s theory by arguing that Shelley’s words are ‘a hauntingly suggestive epitome of the account, in the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, of how sensations become the origin of both simple and complex ideas, “sink”, as it were, into the mind’. Sensational becomes the fourth step when identifying the role of the poet. A poet must use all five senses when understanding the world which revolves around them. They must write for all five of the …show more content…
For the Poet to successfully accomplish their responsibility, they must accept who they are and the conditions of their role. In Alastor, the Poet has arrived at the end of his life, yet he does not despair. Shelley …show more content…
Shelley’s Poet is an experienced yet solitary being; he is accepting of his duty to unify society through profoundly sensational writing. Concerning the Narrator’s evaluation of the Poet, the Narrator remembers his own role while observing the Poet in his role. They both are searching for that important notion; they just have different ideas for devoting oneself to the task. Hence, Shelley’s ambivalence in Alastor is greatly apparent with these two voices. He gives the impression he is indecisive regarding the lifestyle the Poet pursues; which produces a perfect anticipating thought for A Defence of Poetry, where he honestly defines the role of the poet. Shelley’s work is genuinely significant concerning romanticism by institutionalizing the idea that poets bring people together through imagery. The reader shall not fret, for a new framework has been created for them to place the infamous Poet. Not subjected by the Narrator, or confused by the ambivalence of Alastor, this framework is a new stepping stone for the reader. Going forward, there is hope that the role of the poet can now be comprehended and respected. Because, without the poet, humanity would lose its creative and beautiful vision; and the people would cease to understand and appreciate the remarkably harmonious and phenomenal world in which they

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