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To save our souls and heal the State the words of George Gordon portrays how the English Literature is in danger John Stuart Mills critical essay What is Poetry as well as The Study of Poetry by Matthew Arnold both depict in defense of poetry Robert Brownings Caliban upon Setebos and Lord Alfred Tennysons In Memoriam AHH both face religious crises and heal All four of these authors clearly depict in their work and support Gordons statement John Stuart Mill states in his critical essay What is Poetry that poetry is not form and is interested in emotions while the one does in work by convincing or persuading the other by moving The one acts by presenting a proposition to the understanding the other by offering interesting objects of contemplation to the sensibilities 1140 He also states the distinction between poetry and what is not poetry whether explained or not is felt to be fundamental and where everyone feels a difference a difference there must be 1139 He depicts the difference of poetry from fiction paintings and music Although they all convey emotions they have no natural connection 1140 The main difference between poetry and fiction is truth The truth of poetry is to paint the human soul truly the truth of fiction is to give a true picture of life 1141 To understand poetry and prose it requires one to possess particular amounts of knowledge On the contrary in Matthew Arnolds The Study of Poetry he depicts the difference between science and poetry He states that science will be incomplete without poetry He believes that science consists of human experiences and truth while poetry has to do with morals or religion He states Our religion has materialized itself in the fact in the supposed fact it has attached its emotion to the fact and now the fact is failing it But for poetry the idea is everything the rest is a world of illusion
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