Literature – love it or hate it?

Save children from literature in order to help instil in them the love of the written word:

“When reading great works, ones grasp on language strengthens. One begins to use correct language instinctively without soliciting the wisdom of Google, and besides, the careful reading of descriptions adds new adjectives to the vocabulary. Thus, overall communication abilities improve.

…the reading of literature can instill a remarkable sensitivity in a person. With regular reading, one becomes accustomed to the constant engagement of all these senses. In real life, this practice enables one to pierce the surface of different situations and grasp the timid underplays of words, tones and facial expressions.”

However, school and university reading lists are doing the opposite:

“…turning literature into an academic discipline taxes the wholeness of a literary experience. …

There is little time to stop and savour a single author’s creativity since there is an overwhelming list of texts to be covered. The reading of great works thus turns into a ponderous chore instead of a delightful diversion. It actually begins to work the other way round by making students detest literature.”

From: http://tribune.com.pk/story/393839/the-academising-of-literature/

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