The wheel of virtue: Art, literature, and moral knowledge

Carroll, N. (2002). The wheel of virtue: Art, literature, and moral knowledge. The Journal of aesthetics and art criticism, 60 (1): 3-26.

 Abstract: By the common consent of all mankind who have read, poetry takes the highest place in literature. That nobility of expression, and all but divine grace of words, which she is bound to attain before she can make her footing good, is not compatible with prose. Indeed, it is that which turns prose into poetry. When that has been in truth achieved, the reader knows that the writer has soared above the earth, and can teach his lessons somewhat as a god might teach. He who sits down to write his tale in prose makes no such attempt, nor does he dream that the poet's honour is within his reach;-but his teaching is of the same nature, and his lessons all tend to the same end. By either, false sentiment may be fostered; false honour, false love, false worship may be created; by either vice instead of virtue may be taught. But by each, equally, may true honour, true love, true worship, and true humanity be inculcated; and that will be the greatest teacher who will spread the truth the widest.

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