Truth Of Literature In Light Of Aristotle Classical And Neo-Classical Age

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Truths of Literature in Light of Aristotle, Sydney and Neo-Classical Age
‘Why Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know what light is but it is not easy to tell what it is’ Samuel Johnson (1709-1784 )
In the study of literature, the questions which seem most straight forward are often the most complex ones to answer. Such as what are the truths of literature and what is their relationship? In particularly, how literature deals with truth? If literature is capable of telling the truth, how does it achieve to perform so? Is the truth reflected in the literature or are the two completely different things? Therefore the goal
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His essay is a defense of poetry. He defends poetry against the Neo-Platonist who say that poetry is useless.according to Sydney poetry tells us poetic truth that is what should happen. The poet can take liberties with the realities. He can do anything he wants to do with the reality he is representing .Poetry is not just a mere reflection of reality but it builds on reality. It has a didactic …show more content…
The poet relates what may happen within the laws of probability. He universalizes particular facts and invests solidity on transient happenings. Poetry is superior to history and philosophy because it teaches us what should happen and the moral truth but not what has happened as history does. For Sidney poetry is ancient and superior to other branches. From the neo-classist point of view towards Shakespeare and the nature of dramatic illusion. The audience knows that it is representation. So why do we need to keep time and place. Aristotle said that without unities people will be confused but Jonson said that unity of time and place is artistic, the audience can’t go with the flow is not true. The truth of literature is how literature talk to us though

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