Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Truth is the final volume in the Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson. It continues the study of poetic techniques and poems, taking it to a higher level. It can be used as a stand-alone text or as a continuation of the series.
Using Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the concept of truth, students are asked to consider the difficult question that has intrigued philosophers, scientists, artists, and poets alike: What is the nature of truth?
Many poems deal with the concept of truth. Great poems that stand the test of time express, at their core, something that is true. The book looks at the truth of sound, meter, and stanza, and at figures of speech that explore truth through indirection. Poets quoted include Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
This digital version includes audio clips that allow students to hear author Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems. Also included are review tests at the end of each lesson that enable the students to self-check their understanding of the material.