Today (on the 11th of February) we have a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the diverse world of the British and American literature. Every lesson today is like a treasure trove for our imagination, abilities and skills. Our junior pupils feel the magic atmosphere of fairy tales. And our senior pupils enjoy the magnificent world of prose and poetry in English!
No doubt, literature teaches us how to live. Literature makes us visit places, experience events, meet people, listen to them, feel their joys and sufferings. It takes years to acquire so much wisdom that a single book of literary merit instills in a reader! Literature is a storehouse of all knowledge and wisdom.
Literature is invaluable in teaching us how to think originally. Whether the literature is realistic, naturalistic, comedy, surrealistic, or any of the myriad other forms it can take, good literature twists existence. It helps us see patterns, structures, connections and truths that had been hidden in the world. No discipline, even the scientific method, does as much to teach us how to think by merging the complexity of life with the order of the universe.
Literature is simply inside and all around us. We are all programmed with literature, even if we don’t know it. We understand popular entertainments because we have literature inside of us. Literature is the enormous body of stories and ideas that we have received from our parents and from our culture from the time we were able to put two words together. So literature is not something “out there,” to be accepted or rejected, studied or ignored—it is part of us—like it or not!
Literature is inescapable! That is why our lessons today are so special!