Analysis Of John Gould 's ' Sea Rose '

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How John Gould Fletcher Alludes to The Women’s Rights Movement in “Sea Rose”
Plato is one of the most refined and well-respected philosophers of all time. In Book II of his work Republic, Plato claims that there are three versions of every object: the physical object itself, the 2D version of it on paper, and the mental image of the object you create in your mind when you think of that object. To Plato, this ideal mental image is the reality of that object more so than the 2D or physical forms. He goes on to discuss how he believes that this ideal image is something that the artist cannot portray in their work. He explains that “An image maker, a representer, understands only appearance, while reality is beyond him”(Plato 70). Plato uses the words “image maker” and “representer” to refer to artists-this term includes people like the painter, and the poet. By saying that “reality is beyond” these people, he is saying that people such as the painter and poet create work without instilling any true meaning behind it; without expressing the ideal image of the subject of their art (Plato 70). Because they don’t express this ideal image of their subject, he claims that there is nothing real about their art. He goes as far as to say that they are not even capable of expressing anything real-it is literally “beyond” their abilities (Plato 70). He believes their words and images are created for art’s sake–the poet writes simply to sound…
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