Literature is an indispensable ingredient of man's education. In other words man cannot totally avoid literature so it cannot make its way into his education. Yet not many are ready to taste the nectar pouring from literary masterpieces. As a matter of fact most literary pieces appear as shelved antique pieces in government-run libraries. The mere mention of the word poetry' can make most people yawn uncontrollably. You will be dubbed insane if you speak more and more about poetry.
How to rouse a common man's interest in literature or poetry? Such a task looks very close to being impossible. Poetry to him is a piece of literary work that is fit to get memorized and reproduced in school and college examinations. Poetry does not really appeal to him. It is the duty of the English teacher to introduce the subject called appreciation of poetry'. Such a move in school and college level can prove successful when it comes to kindling the interest of the student in a non-English major classroom.
[...] Unfortunately English literature stops at this point. It does not go beyond the domain of curriculum. Literature is not often made a core subject in colleges. The basis of education consists in curriculum that makes man think and visualize. Literature has the innate power to make man think and visualize. Therefore it should form the basis of man's education. Any subject that fails to make man think can be dubbed a ‘nothing' subject. On the other hand a given subject should have the potential to elevate the intellectual level of the learner. [...]
[...] Man's interest in literary criticism should be aimed at. The approach to poetry should be attractive in purpose. It should make the learner move closer and closer to the poet and his thought. This is what academic approach to literature is all about. Literature has the potential to take us to a larger world. The right academic approach is to develop the capability or the skill to observe the imagination of the learner. As a teacher if you can succeed in taking your student to the larger world you would have succeeded in striking the right academic approach to handling texts of literature. [...]
[...] Inward journey is primary whereas outward journey is secondary. Literature helps in scripting man's inward journey. In other words man can derive ultimate pleasure in literature. This pleasure is unworldly in character and sense. Modernism when used to perfection can take literature to higher levels. Literature if approached in the right angle can derive power that has the ability to strike at the right chords that concern everyone. The wrong angle of approaching literature produces results that do not stand the test of time. [...]
[...] Modernism Alone Can Sustain Man's Interest in Literature Literature is an indispensable ingredient of man's education. In other words man cannot totally avoid literature so it cannot make its way into his education. Yet not many are ready to taste the nectar pouring from literary masterpieces. As a matter of fact most literary pieces appear as shelved antique pieces in government-run libraries. The mere mention of the word ‘poetry' can make most people yawn uncontrollably. You will be dubbed insane if you speak more and more about poetry. [...]
[...] Modernism alone can sustain man's interest in literature. Innovation has to be inducted into the realm of teaching methods so students develop interest in learning more about poets and their works. Modernism in teaching methods can be made successful by incorporating some allied subjects within the core English syllabus. These allied subjects go a long way in stimulating the interest of the student so he ends up deliberating and reflecting on the immense contribution made by the all time literature greats. [...]
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