An Analysis Of Virginia Woolf's Response To Aristotle, Pope, And Wordsworth

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Poetry Advice (An analysis of Virginia Woolf’s poetry advice compared to Aristotle, Pope, and Wordsworth) There are many different ways to be creative. There is not one right or wrong way to write a poem, sing a song, or paint a picture. However, you can always improve any of these things. Virginia Woolf is a strong supporter of self-improvement, and she believes that a little advice on a matter can go a long way. During her time, Virginia Woolf was one of the most gifted of the modernist writers. In 1932, she wrote an essay in the form of a letter called, Letter to a Young Poet. Here, she documented her thoughts on poetry for a large audience to read. Ironically, she would never consider herself a poet, but she was very educated in rhythmic…show more content…
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher born around 384 BC. He was a very well educated man with a wide range of interests. However, one of those interests was poetry. During the time when he wrote Poetics, it was considered the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory. In Poetics, he offers an account of what he would call poetry. He analyses the most important aspects of a good poem, many of which turn out to be similar to what Virginia Woolf believes. In Letter to a Young Poet, Woolf explains the importance of a strong character. “I say, that poetry has done all this why should it not once more open its eyes, look out of the window and write about other people...Your pages were crammed with character s of the most opposite and various of kinds” (Woolf). She believes that poetry always used to have strong characters, such as Cleopatra, Hamlet, or Falstaff, but now poetry has gotten off track. She goes on to say that if a poet wants to get back into the subsidies of human character, then the poet needs to get out and go into the real world. Aristotle believed that strong characters were almost as important as the plot itself. You cannot have a good performance without a villain or hero that the audience can relate…show more content…
Alexander was an 18th century poet, who befriended many other poets as collaborated with them during his lifetime. His most well known piece of work was The Rape of the Lock. It is a satire poem that pokes fun of a woman who is not as innocent as suspected. When a lock of her hair gets cut off, she acts as though she has been stabbed. Clearly this is an amusing poem, that Alexander Pope had fun writing. However, in Letter to a Young Poet, Virginia Woolf explains the importance of having fun when you write. “But it is of the utmost importance that readers should be amused, writers acquiesce…There is no harm in it, so long as you take it as a joke…You have a touch of Chaucer in you” (Woolf). She was a big fan of Chaucer, who goes down in history as one of the best satirical writer. Mort importantly, this shows that she appreciates the amusing tone that satire creates. The Rape of the Lock is considered a very humorous piece that Virginia Woolf would have approved

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