The term for this perspective on literature is “wen.

According to Longxi in his article on wen, while most Western culture considers literature to be an individual’s representation of “the real world,” Chinese culture considers great literature to be an actual “manifestation…in which elements of the world come together and become known and visible.” The term for this perspective on literature is “wen.” Identify the “wen,” that which is of supreme importance, in any one of the poems in “Classics of Poetry” and compare and contrast this with the “wen” of Confucius.

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