E. Sapir – ‘Language’

‘They [languages] are invisible garments that drape themselves about our spirit and give a predetermined form to all its symbolic expression. When the expression is of unusual significance, we call it literature.’

After all, that’s a pretty descent definition of literature. Of course it’s too broad and vague. Yet it’s quite romantic. Garments, drapes and spirit. Then comes the literature as language with unusal significance. Cheers.


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