Tuesday, May 01, 2012

News at Eleven: [Brian Boyd's] last book,

"On the Origin of Stories," defined art as "cognitive play with pattern," an evolutionary byproduct of our attraction to structures that help us assimilate information. Narrative may be the "default task orientation of the human mind," but lyric poets usually eschew it, and Shakespeare is no exception: His sonnets toggle among first, second and third persons; their mercurial speaker slips inexplicably from exaltation to debasement and back again; his loves are consistently inconsistent.

from The Wall Street Journal: Poetry On the Brain


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