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Socrates says that poetry appeals to and satisfies the desires of the lowest part of the soul. What does this do to the soul?

A. It weakens the best part.

B. It strengthens the lowest, desiring part.

C.It destroys the courageous, spirited part.

D.1 and 2

E. All of the above.

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Socrates felt that poetry encourages us to indulge in the emotional frailties of life and thus makes us unjust. At its worst, I imagine Socrates might have picked E. I'm not an experts on this though.