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    My own interpretation of Shelley's "Defense of Poetry" is encompassed briefly.

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    I infer that "A Defence of Poetry" by Percy Shelley conveys some compelling reasons for engaging in poetry, especially citing "reason and imagination" as important ones.

    In addition to citing Greek ideologies to justify poetry's merits, the writer also aligns poetry to "the origin of man. Man is an instrument over which a series of external and internal impressions are driven, like the alternations of an ever-changing wind over an Æolian lyre, which move it by their motion to ever-changing melody." This alignment of poetry to music and natural harmonies is quite aesthetically pleasing.

    Order is another link that the writer makes to poetry and reason. By defending poetry as a sustainer of order, Shelley alleges that "Hence men, even in the infancy of society, observe a certain order in their words and actions, distinct from that of the objects and the impressions represented by them, all expression being subject to the laws of that from which it proceeds." Again, using historical allusions, he further maintains how "The true poetry of Rome lived in its institutions; for whatever of beautiful, true, and majestic, they contained, could have sprung only from the faculty which creates the order in which they consist."

    He, too, correlates poetry with truth, as Shelley asserts how compared to stories, "A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth."

    I also feel that he defends poetry's legitimacy for soliciting pleasure as Shelley remarks,"Every man in the infancy of art observes an order which approximates more or less closely to that from which this highest delight results: but the diversity is not sufficiently marked, as that its gradations should be sensible, except in those instances where the predominance of this faculty of approximation to the beautiful (for so we may be permitted to name the relation between this highest pleasure and its cause) is very great. Those in whom it exists in excess are poets, in the most universal sense of the word; and the pleasure resulting from the manner in which they express the influence of society or nature upon their own minds, communicates itself to others, and gathers a sort of reduplication from that community." He articulates poetry's effects on society, as "Poetry is ever accompanied with pleasure."

    Finally, I explicate that he likens poetry to a form of spiritual connection as he specifies its religiousness by saying how "they are the institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society, and the inventors of the arts of life, and the teachers, who draw into a certain propinquity with the beautiful and the true that partial apprehension of the agencies of the invisible world which is called religion."

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