Quote by Henning Mankell
I live with one foot in the sand and one in the snow. There's European egocentricity, and the African opposite. I normally say that my African experience has made me a better European.
This quote highlights the dual identity of the speaker, who feels that they straddle two different worlds: one being Europe with its egocentric mindset, and the other being Africa with its contrasting perspective. The speaker asserts that their experiences in Africa have enriched their understanding of the world, allowing them to bridge the gap between the two opposing viewpoints. Thus, the quote suggests that embracing different cultures can lead to personal growth and broader perspectives, ultimately benefiting one's own identity and worldview.
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.