"Poems, where I come from," writes Robert Bringhurst, "are spoken to be written and written to be spoken. "The Tree of Meaning" is a book of critical prose composed in the same way." Together these 13 lectures present a superbly grounded approach to the study of language, focusing on storytelling, mythology, comparative literature, humanity, and ...
"Poems, where I come from," writes Robert Bringhurst, "are spoken to be written and written to be spoken. "The Tree of Meaning" is a book of critical prose composed in the same way." Together these 13 lectures present a superbly grounded approach to the study of language, focusing on storytelling, mythology, comparative literature, humanity, and the breadth of oral culture. Spanning 10 years of lectures, "The Tree of Meaning" presents the best of Robert Bringhurst's thinking. The author's commitment to what he calls "ecological linguistics" emerges in his striking studies of Native American art and storytelling, his understanding of poetry, and his championing of a universal conception of what constitutes literature. This collection features an in-depth look at Haida culture (including the work of storytellers Skaay and Ghandl, and artist Bill Reid), the process of translation, and the relationship between being and language.
Very Good- The top 3/4" and bottom 1-1/4" of the covers, and all of the spine, are minimally faded; lettering is not affected. Upper fore corners are bent inward ever so slightly.1/16" tear in material covering the spine, at the top of the spine. There is a 1-1/2" darkened area at the bottom of the spine where a label has obviously been removed. Binding is clean and sound. Contents are almost as new. No DJ. (LR-2-B).; First Printing of Counterpoint's First Edition. 8-3/4" Tall, 329pp. Very light gray boards, medium gray spine, bright silver spine lettering. PHILOSOPHY. Foreword by Jim Harrison. Contents: Prologue; The polyhistorical mind; The persistence of poetry and the destruction of the World; The vocation of being, the text of the whole; Native American oral literatures and the unity of the humanities; The audible light in the eyes; The voice in the mirror; Poetry and thinking; The tree of meaning and the work of ecological linguistics; The humanity of speaking-The place of the individual in the making of oral culture; Prosodies of meaning-Literary form in Native North America; Wild language; Finding home-The legacy of Bill Reid; The silence that is not poetry-and the silence that is. Index. (LR-2-B).
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