“The art of literature, mediates between the material and spiritual worlds; thus, rising it’s prominence to holy literature or rather above it. Literature is the least compromised and thus the finest form of art. Literature allows us to deal with debates of society free of any restrictions or regulation. I also believe that literature enables us to question and inquire, allowing us to rise above and beyond the boundaries of the material and physical being. Based on these points i’m able to state that literature allows us to mediate between the sacred and the secular worlds and I argue that it plays a great role in our world. Literature is the art least subject to external control, because it is made in private.”
Literature represents a language or a people: culture and tradition. But, literature is more important than just a historical or cultural artifact. Literature introduces us to new worlds of experience. We learn about books and literature; we enjoy the comedies and the tragedies of poems, stories, and plays; and we may even grow and evolve through our literary journey with books.
Ultimately, we may discover meaning in literature by looking at what the author says and how he/she says it. We may interpret the author’s message. In academic circles, this decoding of the text is often carried out through the use of literary theory, using a mythological, sociological, psychological, historical, or other approach.
Whatever critical paradigm we use to discuss and analyze literature, there is still an artistic quality to the works. Literature is important to us because it speaks to us, it is universal, and it affects us.
In words of the Great author Salman Rushdie-
“Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit,
where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.”
In a more simpler language “Literature” is used to describe anything from creative writing to more technical or scientific works, but the term is most commonly used to refer to works of the creative imagination, including works of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction.