THE FUNCTION OF POETRY

THE FUNCTION OF POETRY

Dryden, after knowing the different aspects of poetry, came to a conclusion that poetry should be a means of amusement instead of instruction. Poetry is not the copy of life but it has its own evocation. But at the same time he was of the view that delight is not the only end of poetry; it is the chief aim of poetry. The poet therefore, according to Dryden is neither a teacher nor a mere imitator. He also refuted the conception of Aristotle and Plato that poetry should reflect the truth of life only. He never forgot the necessity of fancy even living in the age of reason and judgement. He believed that imagination was a life giving force.

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