This week, we're going to get sublime. Truly sublime language can move us in ways that we are unprepared for. It's a kind of power that we need more and more of today--we need things that place us in a state of awe and prompts us to reconsider how things are and how they can be. For these reasons, we're going to talk about Longinus's five necessary components for sublime language. We'll take a look at Charlie Chaplain's speech from the The Great Dictator; we'll visit the journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson; I do my best to give the baseball speech from Field of Dreams (although, I certainly can't match the booming tones of the great James Earl Jones); and we sing a song of ourselves with poet Walt Whitman. We'll also dive into some of the research behind the concept of awe in the human condition through a paper from psychologists Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt. So, if you're in need of a little bit of inspiration and awe, come on in, and let's get sublime.
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