In the first part of Book X Plato discusses art (in particular poetry). He begins the discussion by congratulating himself at 595a on having (in Book III) excluded from his ideal state all imitative poetry (in Cornford’s translation “the poetry of dramatic representation”), and goes on to explain in the next sentence that the rightness of this move is all the clearer now that the parts of the soul have been distinguished (in Book IV and also in Books VIII and IX); and, as we shall see, he also makes use of the metaphysical doctrines of Books V–VII.
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