What is Literature ?
The question of this article is that, “What is Literature“. Literature consist of novels , plays & poetry. It is also an information & advice by well-educated person called Literature. Literature is a thinking, feelings & imagination of high standards great people.
It is presented informal way to make it easy to understand and give satisfaction & happiness to the mind of common man.
Literature increase the level of realization of human life. Literature helps us to see the world or nature with new eyes. According to Lord Morley.
Literature consist of all the books where moral truth & human passion are touched with a certain largeness, sanity & attraction of form.Lord Morley
In few words, Literature is a feeling, thought, idea & beauty of attitude & way of thinking.
Literature is a forming of character:
Literature is a powerful tool, for developing character , for knowledge making decisions & courage the mind of man. To quote T.S Eliot is,
Poetry should help , not only to refine the language of the time but to prevent it from changing too rapidly T.S Eliot
The literary student is one, who find the journey of successful men through books, He also explore the desires of human heart, the opportunities & changes that affected human ideals of good behavior and happiness, of organize & manners poets, the character writer, the dramatists, the preachers, they are all people of literature. Who teaches us to know human nature & to know man.
Objectives of Literature:
Literature is a proper instrument of learning skills of imagination & understanding. The feelings of other under proper system . According to Emerson,
Literature is a record of best thoughts mean of this quote is that the literature is a thinking & feelings of well-educated & intelligent men & women place in such way that give feelings of happiness & satisfaction to reader in written from. The purpose of students of literature is to familiar with the best idea of the world.Emerson
The main objects of literature in education is to open mind, able to make decisions, understand the ideas, handle the critical situations & understand the knowledge. These are all the objects of literary education.
Restricted & Ordinary Meaning:
In restricted & ordinary meaning, Literature is a class of writing, which purpose is wake up the feelings of beauty & ideas. In this way, Literature is different from scientific & technical subjects, mathematics & philosophy. In Literature only such work include , which is presented in artistic way to express human interest, feelings of pleasure, beauty of nature. Literature is totally opposed of scientific works. Literature also different from history, politics, economy & all those writing. Which shows quality of knowledge in ordinary and restricted sense. Literature consist on all books , where ethics moral truths & human feelings or interest treated with attractive form.
Qualities of Literature:
Literature has many qualities & characteristics, Which differ from other subjects like science, Science doesn’t deal with human feelings, emotions, this subject concerned with existence of things. Many great people wrote different qualities of Literature. According to William J.Long, Literature has three major qualities, suggestive, permanent & artistic. He said that, Literature is nothing without these qualities.
It is an important quality of literature. All kind of art express human life in beautiful form.
It is another important quality of literature. This quality deal with human imaginations & emotions.
Literature is like a river . Literature is also like a bread & world cannot live without bread.
Literature & Life & Society:
Literature is closely link with life. In fact, it is the study of life. Literature is an experience of great people’s life. Literature explain the expect of life. It is also the picture of social life.
Literature links with written words not spoken words, It is permanent record of life.