The defenition of Literature may be boring and abstract but literature is nowhere near boring or abstract.Every word is overflowing with creativity.
When we speak of a piece of writing as literature we are praising it. Literature in the broadest sense is everything that has been written. In the narrower sense, there are various kinds of “literature”, such as French literature, literature of the American Indian and literature of gardening. Literature has two main divisions’ fiction and non-fiction.
We all read for a variety of reasons. These reasons change with our age, our interests and the literature we read. We read literature mostly because we enjoy it.
- The basic reason for reading is probably pleasure
- We often read for information and knowledge
- We find possible solutions to our problems when we meet people in books whose problems are like our own.
- Through literature we sometimes understand situations which we could not otherwise understand in real life.
The greatest poem ever written is only a printed sheet of paper until a reader reacts to it. The reader helps create literature by responding to the writer’s thoughts, emotions and beliefs. A creative reader considers both what the writer wants to say and how it is said.
Reading is such a personal activity that there can be no final rules for judging a piece of writing. The taste and fashion of the times often enter into critical judgments.
The elements of literature
Almost every literary work includes four elements:
- Theme or statement
A good writer tries to balance these elements in order to create a unified work of art.
Kinds of discourse
The word discourse refers to communication. In literature it means the way writers tell their readers what they want them to know. A writer may use four kinds of discourse:
Lets try and find good books, read them and try calling them literature for remember that when we speak of a piece of writing as literature we are actually praising it.
Reference: World book Encyclopaedia
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