What is the main idea of A Defence of Reason by Percy Bysshe Shelly?

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The main idea of A Defence of Poetry is really a simple one. The majority of Shelley's essay lays out arguments in support of the main idea. Shelley asserts that poetry is the herald of beneficial changes in the world because poets, including the celebrated poets of Shelley's age, are the prophets and legislators of the world.

Shelley defines poetry as generated by a force unlike and even opposite to reason. He says reason synthesizes thoughts and "enumerates" their "qualities" while...

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