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Guarding Poetry: A Triple Defense
Defending poetry against Socrates,
defending the soul against bad poetry,
and (what is best) defending the soul with poetry.

Socrates banishes the poets, in particular his beloved Homer, from the Republic. So why are we making your boys read and recite him? What can Plato teach us about friendship and purity of heart?

Apr 25, 2018 8:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Austin Hatch
Upper School Teacher @The Heights School
Austin Hatch began teaching at The Heights in 2004. He teaches the Freshman Core Class, The History of Western Thought, and Logic. He holds a B.A. in English from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.