What is the difference between how Aristotle sees the poetry and how Plato sees the poetry?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Plato links poetry with rhetoric thus with the power to persuade through any means available including emotional manipulation. Plato had a great distrust of and dislike of poetry while at the same acknowledging that poetry could not eliminated from society altogether in that it was necessary for celebrations and such. Aristotle opposed this view as he thought that poetry was mimesis (imitation) of heavenly truths that humans did not know but yearned for and could be taught through the office of the divinely inspired poet who could instruct through poetry in what to do as well as in what to eschew.