“Literature is the mirror of the society”
The adage above is one of the most commonly used definitions of Literature… cliché as it may sound, still, it is true. Literature traces the past, mimics the present, and sometimes, it also predicts the future. A piece of literature describes a milieu, a collection of it may describe an epoch, and the great ones determine what will be.
Great as it sounds; literature’s power is still under the control of the human mind. A well written piece might be a trash for someone who doesn’t understand… a piece of literature may have two extremely diverse interpretations… a piece of literature can be a catalyst and at the same time a freezer… a piece of literature can promote unity and at the same time evoke division…needless to say, literature is capable of doing things that may vastly change the pace and the face of history.
Since that literature transcends both the old and the civilized world, it would be a tasking job to learn and discover the beauty of it. Nevertheless, this book will help you in this difficult, yet worthwhile endeavor. This will not promise absolute understanding, but this will be in charge of triggering the curiosity that lies deep within each of us—en route to embracing and loving Literature.
This book will trace back literatures from the classical times including Greek, Roman , and even literatures from the early ages, up to the middle ages, the dark ages, the renaissance, and up to the contemporary times.
This will also help you in rediscovering literatures from England, The Americas, Africa, Asia, and of course our country—The Philippines. This will also tackle some approaches and methods on how to analyze and criticize a piece of literature. It also presents different literary movements that have shaped and have still been shaping the world.
French Literature is considered one of the greatest literatures of all time. In general, it