Theories of Literature. By HariPriya Archana Raja Aayesha Ghanekar. Literature. What is Literature? It is sometimes defined as ‘anything written’ However we can surely distinguish between literature in the sense of any writing and literature in the sense of of verbal works of art
Continuous as the stars that shine forms of art and most genres of literature as well
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
An expressionist painting by Edvard Munch : "The Scream" forms of art and most genres of literature as well
Munch described his inspiration for the image thus: "I was walking along a path with two friends—the sun was setting—suddenly the sky turned blood red—I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence—there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city—my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety—and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."
Among the books that Gandhi read, the two that ‘affected’ him deeply were
The Bhagavad Gita
On the Duty of Civil Disobedienceby Thoreau
“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”