- (from Latin litterae (plural); letter)
- is the art of written work and can, in some circumstances, refer exclusively to published sources. The word literature literally means "things made from letters" and the pars pro toto term "letters" is sometimes used to signify "literature," as in the figures of speech "arts and letters" and "man of letters." - may consist of texts based on factual information (journalistic or non-fiction), as well as on original imagination, such as polemical works as well as autobiography, and reflective essays as well as belles-lettres. Literature can be classified according to historical periods, genres, and political influences.
* BRO. AZURIN
– According to him, literature expresses the feeling of people to society, to the government, to his surroundings, to his fellowmen and to hid Divine Creator. * For WEBSTER
- literature is anything that is printed, as long as it is related to the ideas and feelings of people, whether it is true, or just a product of one’s imagination. * In PANITIKANG PILIPINO written by ATIENZA, RAMOS, SALAZA, and NAZAL - It says that “true literature is a piece of written work which is undying. It expresses the feelings and emotions of people in response to his everyday efforts to live, to be happy in his environment and, after struggles, to reach his Creator.
Why we need to study Literature?
* Through a study of literature, we can trace the rich heritage of ideas handed down to us from our forefathers. Then we can understand ourselves better and take pride in being a Filipino. * We need to understand that we have a great and noble tradition which can serve as the means to assimilate other cultures. * We have to manifest our deep concern for our literature and this we can do by studying the literature of our country. * To develop the ability to understand, appreciate and enjoy literature. * To develop the ability to express ourselves well, and if we are inclined...