Cocky Young Meno – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Image:   A bust of Plato

Cocky Young Meno

Meno strutting in Athens with entourage
sycophant of Gorgias
that overblown sophist and Socratic doubter,
Plato counter-posed you
in a double counter play
of the virtue of virtue
how innate, how not,
and you were confused
a mere child caught in
a permanent aporia,
but Socrates,
dear, tragic Socrates
showed you the way,
to search for that which
we do not know.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: Plato wrote ‘Meno’ as a Socratic piece, a dialogue between Meno and Socrates. Meno is young and believes he is accomplished and clever, but Socrates proves him to be confused and lacking. Meno was also a mercenary who became involved with Cyrus the 2nd’s attempt to take the Persian throne from Artaxerxes, Cyrus was killed and Meno and other generals captured, all but Meno were beheaded. And I quip, at least he kept his head that time. The poem is really an elegy for Socrates who taught Meno a lesson.




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34 responses to “Cocky Young Meno – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Greatly put 🙋‍♀️🐝

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  2. Thanks for the cliff-notes version of what the poem is about. My classical education has some major gaps in it.

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  3. Ennle Madresan

    WOW….you sure do remind me of the late blog poet, Paul Lenzi…(huge compliment, in case you wondered).

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  4. 😀🙏😊 Thank you very much for following my site. ❤ God bless you.

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  5. Ennle Madresan

    I hope this doesn’t sound too strange or pathetic…obviously, I don’t believe in reincarnation…but I miss Paul Lenzi a lot, and it’s comforting to think his spirit remains with us here, in much of your poetry.

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  7. Great done, Paul! Love it very much. Thank you for sharing this, and the other poems. Best wishes, Michael

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  8. lync56

    Great intellect that creates a poem like this


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  9. “I know nothing!”, said Aristotle
    when it was Socrates all of Athens
    decided to throttle 😎

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