Early American writers first had to ensure their own survival before they could think about writing for entertainment.
Literature represents much of the very best of humanity's writings, and it is not by any accident that, after bestsellers and sensationalized books have faded from memory, literature continues to thrive and remain intensely relevant to contemporary human conditions.
Literature's stories and texts survive the fires of time. This is why for decades and centuries - long after their authors have gone silent - the writings of Dante, Shakespeare, and Austen, among so many other vital voices, will continue to captivate readers and comment upon life.
Literature has innumerable qualities and purposes and can open doors to unique situations and worlds which are never wholly removed from our own. Literature introduces us to memorable characters who often have something in common with us or people we know, and those portraits and portrayals can speak directly to the many questions and challenges we individually or collectively face today.
Through literature we can discover new meanings, locate and begin to cross bridges between seemingly distant or dissimilar persons, places, things, and thoughts. Literature remains relevant and essential because it relates as it conveys and carries us beyond ourselves and our world - metaphorically and literally - so that we might experience fresh perspectives, receive challenges to our knowledge and sensibilities, reach new understandings, perhaps even attain wisdom, through such things as poetry, plays, novels, short stories, memoirs, and all the other literary forms.
Through literature we have such amazing opportunities to rediscover ourselves, our world, a universe of thought, feeling, and insights waiting to be revealed anew to - and through each of us - and all because of a few well-chosen words which can speak volumes and clearly across languages, cultures, entire generations, and well beyond most boundaries.
In reading and interpreting literature we help to keep it alive, thriving, pertinent, personally interpretive and interesting. In doing this, we renew its promise, participating in it, influencing it in small or major ways, and ultimately help to preserve it for those readers yet to follow and recommence this most incredible journey of endless perceptions and revelations.
To be continued - by you To continue reading about the wonders and benefits of literature, consider one or more of these titles in the library system catalog:Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; The idea for the poem came as she was travelling to attend a ball.
On her way to the celebration, there was a young woman dressed in black sitting across the aisle from her. There are two chief source materials for the title of John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath.
The title is an allusion, or reference to another work, to both the Bible and a song. An Undefined Message Of Independence - Part of the reason why the Declaration of Independence is often misinterpreted due to its language written by Jefferson, which leads readers to interpret as birth, citizenship, freedom, wealth, and a patriotic symbol of America.
What is the Biblical reference to the grapes of wrath that appears to be the earliest known source or inspiration for John Steinbeck's famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath? The passage is sometimes referred to as "The Grape Harvest".
Video: Biblical Allusions & References in The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck wrote 'The Grapes of Wrath' using biblical images and ideas. In this lesson, we'll discuss some of these biblical allusions and ideas that emphasize the Joad family's tribulations. Steinbeck’s Biblical Allusion in The Grapes of Wrath Many novels written contain parallels to the Bible.
This couldn’t be truer in the case John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck alludes to Biblical characters and events with the use of Sin Watchers, Jim Casy, and also the Joad’s journey to California.