Discussion Posts.docx - Due Thursday This course is focused on reading and writing about literature As you move into the course it is important to

Discussion Posts.docx - Due Thursday This course is focused...

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Due Thursday This course is focused on reading and writing about literature. As you move into the course, it is important to consider the language used to talk about literature and its various elements. Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: How do you decide what works are worthy of the label “literature”? Why is literary analysis considered a worthy pursuit? What elements of literature might be examined through literary analysis and why? Good day, everyone! Ever since I was a teenager, I considered myself a writer – but I never considered anything I wrote to be literature. I only knew literature in libraries and bookstores; places that, in my mind, were magical portals to other worlds. There must have been some reason I excluded my own work from the label of literature. “John Ellis argues that literature is not definable by properties, such as rhyme, meter, plot, setting, and characterization”[CITATION Gri14 \p 16 \l 1033 ]. Why then would I exclude my own writings if those were the only criteria? Eagleton suggests that “literature—and the literary ‘canon’—are constructs, established by society” [CITATION Gri14 \p 17 \l 1033 ]. If anything can be literature, then everything in my journal is the same as those books on their pedestals in the classics section. Upon further reading, Griffith makes several interesting points about what defines literature. One point being that oral or written language is used most often in literature in a connotative manner, such that sometimes the writer “exhibit[s] a delight in language that virtually eliminates meaning” [CITATION Gri14 \p 19 \l 1033 ]. This is one of the reasons literary analysis is considered a worthy pursuit. Personally, I find that the connection between the reader and the writer is a profound one. Literary analysis goes beyond reading for escapist purposes as the reader looks for the hidden meaning obscured by things like diction, syntax, metaphor, and symbolism: it becomes a form of communication. If my childish work is truly considered literature, I would take more time and effort to conceal meaning within it. Literature should be written with purpose and reverence. If I was writing literature, I would give readers a place to look for meaning [CITATION Gri14 \p 19 \l 1033 ]. I very much doubt that anyone would find anything that could be examined through literary analysis within my old journals.
I do not mean to doubt myself so much, however. It was merely the best explanation I could think of to demonstrate my opinion on the subject. Thank you for reading! References Griffith, Kelley. "Writing Essays about Literature: A Guide and Style Sheet." Vers. 9th Edition. 2014. Bibliu. <; Due Thursday (9/24/20) Plot, setting, character, and theme are literary elements authors use in short stories and other prose.

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