CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

On Diana Chang's "Four Views in Praise of Reality"

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

1990

Publication Title

Amerasia Journal

ISSN

0044-7471

Volume

16

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

In "Four Views of Reality," published in The American Scholar 25:1 (1955-56): 67-68, Diana Chang treats, respectively, painting, music, and poetry in the first three poems and illustrates the application of all three in the fourth poem. Each of these arts is a means of escape from the Euclidean world of restriction, where "the circling of infinity" incarcerates the human spirit: "Nowhere in Manhattan does Euclid cease. / Music sings drily into toneless equations."

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