It is Literature

How well do you comprehend the ambiguity of literature? Often perceived to be fictional truth, an exaggerated manifestation of the conspiring emotions which trouble the mind, it goes further to etch out a path to understand the passive anxiety.

Writing may simply be the urge to chronicle the daily experiences (both significant and insignificant) the daily communications of human aspirations, failures, struggles, heartbreak and pursuits. Even after the communication frenzy, there are so many feelings that remain unexpressed or are not uttered due to social politeness.

Fictional narratives, poetry, and literary writings give the freedom to introspect the limits of human communication and how to stretch the boundaries set by it through storytelling. A storyteller can be inspired by personal experiences, imaginations, and a genuine creative instinct to engage the pen to chronicle different perspectives. 

The idea of providing a range of voices, according to their sentiments, is the writer’s priority, as well as, the responsibility to reach out to the readers. So many voices are compelled by life’s obligations to speak in a common language. The language to engage on a daily basis to discuss the problems and ideas within the premise of society’s decorum. 

A pragmatic approach to creative writing helps narrate the stories through various modes of expression, after a lot of introspection, critical reflection, critical thinking and literary knowledge to author the stories to satiate the curiosity of and the human urge to extract some interesting perspectives to ponder on a new dimension of life. Reading gives hope, breathes life into dormant dreams, and prepares for an audacious journey of communicating them.

Writing can criticise the status quo and erase the space where mental lethargy becomes a norm. Its critical aspect shatters the tightly held beliefs in providing an opposing and contrasting narrative for the readers. Literature can be evolutionary, revolutionary, and contradictory.

It is not easy to define literature; to simplify, it can be considered a highly creative form of human aspirations and the resilience to seek answers through storytelling. Stories to form a connection and a relationship to create an environment of trust, where the metaphors will erase the weaknesses.

Language plays an important role in reflecting on the unfamiliar and illustrating the imaginations. Through the various characters and anonymous voices, it becomes easier drawing attention to the thoughts that are considered out of context. Combining the familiar and the abstract is a difficult task! To improvise with language one has to learn it; it is a continuous process. After all, the writer’s tool is the pen, ink, and language to narrate!

The responsibility of literature is to familiarise the readers with the unfamiliar ideas that either isn’t discussed or remain a blurry concept due to the inability to express them convincingly. To surrender to the metaphysical and retrieve those ideas require literary skill.

Readers have to overstep the idea of ‘ambiguity’ associated with literary writings and delve deeper to understand the meanings. Literature conveys the maximum world, the unexplored world, and survives beyond the criticisms of igniting hopes in readers.

~Amitav

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14 thoughts on “It is Literature

  1. Such an elaborate explanation of such a vast subject 🙂 Literature is a medium for a writer to comprehend his/her feelings or thoughts in words and a way for a reader to connect with self and the world 🙂

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  2. Do you think that the writer should leave the door open to the readers perspective? meaning leave the shades of grey to fill in the reader’s individual needs to fill the blanks/concept?…an art teacher once told me that if you are drawing a picture and you make a mistake, dont throw it away because you can make that mistake into a new and improved picture with your creativity

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    1. Good question, Glenna. I feel when a piece of writing is published, the writer has lesser control over the reactions, perspectives , and reader’s imaginations that will be added. The writer takes the backstage and goes away from the limelight to observe the readers’ reactions. The story will narrated in a slightly different manner (along with the perspectives and personal imaginations), but that does not lessen the writer’s contribution.

      BTW Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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      1. Yes I saw what you wrote about touching everyone and lessening your own personal pain agenda ( Am i correct) in another writing of yours and i agree that writing for me was an escape/ validation/ and tool but I want to get to the point where I can write with precision and not rely on venting/shock effect etc…lol thanks for yor response

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      2. Yes, literary criticism, the aspects of writing, and the necessity to tell your story to connect with the underlying narrative. There are layers to writing that becomes clearer after reading many times. It’s facets yield myriad perspectives. That’s the reason literature survives through the ages and continues to be relevant.

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