Poetry, Plato, and the Problem of Beauty is the fifth volume in the acclaimed Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson.
Thompson shows how meticulously a poet plans and crafts poems and uses Plato's Dialogues and Socratic questioning as a source of ideas and a way of thinking about the complex problem of beauty. Students gain an appreciation of both the rigorous intellectual discipline and the complex creativity that a poet must bring together to make a poem. Students are taught in increasing detail about the elements of poems; chapters include The Beauty of the Voice, Beautiful Patterns of Sound, Meter and Beauty, and The Beauty of Stanza.
The iBook has additional features that make it a special treat for students (and their instructors). There are more than 60 audio clips, allowing students to hear the actual voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems. Interactivity allow students to delve deeper into the construction of poems. There are review widgets for students to self-check their understanding of the material. This digital edition has truly become a learning medium with a direct connection to an author of genius.