Literature Vs Literature
Literature is any written works that have been considered superior or are of lasting artistic merit. “[L]iterature is an art, and … as an art it is able to enlarge and refine our understanding of life.” [Robertson 1993). Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination resulting in works of beauty, meaning and emotional power. Literature is an art form of language, and words are its tools, furthermore it enhances our creativity, empathy and improves our understanding of life.
Poetry enhances empathy. When reading such works as Robert Frost’s poem “Home Burial”, we find ourselves getting lost in the emotion of the wife and husband as they deal with the loss of their infant child. The emotions of both begin to play on our own emotions as we find ourselves relating to one of the two characters. The question is placed in our minds by Frost as to whether there is a proper way to grieve or not. The poem does not suggest that the husband’s way of grieving is cold hearted and non-emotional nor does it suggest that the grieving mother who has completely shut down emotionally a proper way to handle grief. Frost gives his reader a visual of a scene that he leaves up to his reader to choose who they most feel empathy for.
Poetry enhances creativity. Creativity is an ability to use our imagination or original ideas, innovation, originality and individuality. Literature is a place where we can exemplify our creativity. Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills…