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The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry  by Raymond Barfield (broadcast 5-30-2011)  Beginning with the famous passage in Plato’s Republic in which Socrates exiles the poets from the city, concerned that their influence interfered with the search for true wisdom, the reader is invited to trace the history of the quarrel between philosophy and poetry. It is a story that travels through the works of thinkers in the Western tradition ranging from Plato to the contemporary thinker Mikhail Bakhtin. Engaging, thought provoking, finely written and easily read, Raymond Barfield writes with the “assumption that the human search for truth about the world, ourselves, and the divine is worthwhile.”   To find out more go to Cambridge University Press.