Selected Works of Lu Hsun - Vol. 3

Selected Works of Lu Hsun - Vol. 3

Selected Works of Lu Hsun - Vol. 3

Selected Works of Lu Hsun - Vol. 3


The fearful thing about Chinese writers today is that they keep introducing new terms without defining those terms.

And everyone interprets them as he pleases. To write a good deal about yourself is expressionism. To write about others is realism. To write poems on a girl's leg is romanticism. To ban poems on a girl's leg is classicism. While --

A head drops down from the sky,
An ox on the head stands high,
Oh, my!
At sea green thunderbolts fly! . . . is futurism . . . and so on.

And so disputes begin. This "ism" is good, that is bad . . . and so on.

Country folk tell a joke about two short-sighted fellows who wanted to see which had the better eyesight. Since neither could prove his claim, they agreed to go to look at a new votive tablet which was to be hung at the local temple that day. Each went secretly to the painter to find out what the inscription was to be. But each got hold of a slightly different version, and the man who knew only the big characters would not admit defeat, but accused the man who knew the small of lying. Since once again neither could prove his case, they had to appeal to a passer-by. After taking one look, however, the stranger told them:

"There's nothing there. The tablet hasn't been hung yet. . . ."

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