” The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry. “


” The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand more about them than any other kind of literature. “


” It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe, but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found – indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese. “


” It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race. “


” It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in every other respect than in morality. “


” I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry. “



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The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry.
The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand more about them than any other kind of literature.
It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe, but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese.
It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race.
It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in every other respect than in morality.
I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry.

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