One of the biggest debates in literary studies is this: should literature convey a moral message?
Most people, lit and non-lit lovers alike, would have heard of Romeo and Juliet.
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Two of the most commonly mixed-up words in the study of English Literature are ‘form’ and ‘structure’.
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s – he takes the lead
In summer luxury, – he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
— On the Grasshopper and Cricket (1884), by John Keats
‘The wind howled in anger’, ‘the trees danced in the wind’, ‘the keyboard said, “are you done with typing already?!”
What do these three phrases share?
Have you ever sat in an English class or read literary criticism – and wondered how some people manage to come up with creative – at times far-fetched – interpretations of poems and novels?
It’s the digital age, they say. We do things the digital way, they say. But do we really?
The American Dream is a popular concept in American literature, and perhaps an even more popular study topic for high school English students.