The Civilizing Force of Culture

Encountering other languages can cause us to pause and rethink our relationship to language in general.  A blog entry from a person interested in the psychology of fiction tries to capture that encounter — he  is  trying to get his mind around a particular branch of Chinese poetry. In the end, the author seems to work too hard at making the poetry coextensive with his own research interests, but the piece is worth the journey.

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