In this companion volume to The Tree of Meaning, Robert Bringhurst
collects twenty essays under the subversive principle that
"everything is related to everything else." His studies build upon
this sense of basic connection, and involve the work of poets,
musicians, and philosophers as varied as Ezra Pound, John Thompson,
Don McKay, Empedokles, Parmenides, Aristotle, Skaay, Plato, George
Clutesi, Elizabeth Nyman, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dennis Lee, and
Glenn Gould. The value Bringhurst places on the process of
translation, the dialogue between one language and another, and the
sheer experience of witnessing translation by reading and hearing
poems, stories, and songs in their original languages is another
strong presence in this collection. Accompanying the English
narrative are passages in Tlingit, Haida, Chinese, Greek, German,
Cree, and Russian, for readers who want to find the patterns and
taste some of the vocabulary for themselves, for those interested
in meeting the languages partway.
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