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Why Study Literature at All?

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on 24 November 2013

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Transcript of Why Study Literature at All?

Why Study Literature at All?
MODERN ENGLISH SCHOOL
This means the majority of Year 10 students struck
gold
in one or more subjects.
These successes are particularly magnificent given that nearly all our candidates are a
year

younger
than their UK counterparts and have English as their second language.
In short, by studying literature, we learn what it means to be human.
What Is Literature
and
Why Do We Study It?
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."

Marx, 1851


Literature is:
– Composition that tells a story, dramatizes a situation, expresses emotions, analyzes and advocates ideas
– Helps us grow personally and intellectually
– Provides an objective base for knowledge and
understanding
– Shapes our goals and values by clarifying our own
identities, both positively and negatively
– Literature makes us human.

English Literature provides students with important transferable skills: the ability to process information quickly, to write clear and cogently argued documents, and to present ideas and opinions fluently in oral presentations.
English Literature opens many doors. Students will enter higher studies and the job market with well-developed skills of oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. This is an attractive profile
for universities and employers.
A degree in English Literature could
open the book
into an exciting career in a whole range of areas.
Which job?

Media and journalism, Teaching, Law, Business, Politics and Social Work, Advertising and Marketing
~ Remember that creativity and initiative are some of the most important things English Literature will teach you – which are a big help when it comes to finding a job
By studying literature, we can better understand those things that aren't easily understood: pain, hatred, love, death, war, sacrifice, human nature, and even truth.

Sure, literature may not reveal cold, hard facts about the world around us, but, like the thousands of little chips that eventually transformed a block of marble into Rodin's statue of
The Thinker
, each little nugget of understanding that we gain from literature gives us a clearer vision of ourselves and those around us.
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
BY E. E. CUMMINGS
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

FREEDOM
AND
ORDER
SAMENESS
AND
DIFFERENCE
ONENESS
AND
MANYNESS
IMPERSONAL
AND
PERSONAL
LOGIC
AND
EMOTION
SIMPLICITY
AND
COMPLEXITY
DEPTH
AND
SURFACE
TRUTH
AND
IMAGINATION
What is your favourite '
set of words' ?????


LITERATURE
SOLVING!!!!!!
big ideas need to be solved.....
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words...
If one word paints 1000 pictures how many pictures are painted by a 1000 words?
2012

100% PASS RATE A* TO A
(UK only 23.2%)

2013
100% PASS RATE A* TO C
(UK only 76%)

Let's hear from the pro-zzzz!!!
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