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  1. 5 out of 5

    Rayne

    People who enjoy novels are not shallow, Mr. Mill. Loving narratives and fantasy are not a trait of those with limited minds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Pretty interesting. Mill's basic theory is that poetry is the outpouring of the soul, as if no one were listening or ever would listen. A good call for a writer; as Kafka said, "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." Pretty interesting. Mill's basic theory is that poetry is the outpouring of the soul, as if no one were listening or ever would listen. A good call for a writer; as Kafka said, "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shefali Mehta

    The only thing I like about this essay is the distinction it makes between music that is 'heard' and that which is 'overheard'. To me it shows a new way of listening to music, particularly instrumental music. Apart from that, the distinction between narrative fiction and poetry could not be weirder. I think it was Camus who said that in a good fiction all the philosophy is translated into incidents. But for Mill, only poetry is contemplative and deep; narrative fiction is for the idle and frivol The only thing I like about this essay is the distinction it makes between music that is 'heard' and that which is 'overheard'. To me it shows a new way of listening to music, particularly instrumental music. Apart from that, the distinction between narrative fiction and poetry could not be weirder. I think it was Camus who said that in a good fiction all the philosophy is translated into incidents. But for Mill, only poetry is contemplative and deep; narrative fiction is for the idle and frivolous. Had he lived in the eighteenth century, it'd still make sense to justify him by saying that the novels at the time were not so good (more outward than inward). But Victorian novels are a treat. And then his idea that epic poetry is the greatest effort of poetic genius...the effort might be so, but I find it quite difficult to be contemplative while checking the annotations after every other line. Personally, I like Keats's 'Ode to Nightingale' way better than 'Hyperion'. At the end of it, I'm glad we no longer bother ourselves with definitions of poetry except for the purpose of exams.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nadosia Grey

    “The lion may be described falsely, or with exaggeration, and the poetry be all the better: but, if the human emotion be not painted with scrupulous truth, the poetry is bad poetry; i.e., is not poetry at all, but a failure.” There is no truth; poetry attempts to use no faculty associated with it. I reside heavily with Wilde regarding the relationship between lying and poetry. Truth is a self-made concept that serves to stabilize us about the world we live in. Furthermore truth—if there was such “The lion may be described falsely, or with exaggeration, and the poetry be all the better: but, if the human emotion be not painted with scrupulous truth, the poetry is bad poetry; i.e., is not poetry at all, but a failure.” There is no truth; poetry attempts to use no faculty associated with it. I reside heavily with Wilde regarding the relationship between lying and poetry. Truth is a self-made concept that serves to stabilize us about the world we live in. Furthermore truth—if there was such a thing—found in human emotion cannot be properly distinguished as actually being true or not. No one will know whether the emotion was truly felt or if it was merely a passing thought within the poet. Wordsworth was more accurate discerning poetry; the uncontrollable bursting of emotion deems poetry not “impassioned truth”.

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    Shouvik Hore

    If ever there was a wise persona contemplating unerringly the tenets of the highest poetry without being a poet(In the sense of writing verse), it is John Stuart.

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