WHAT IS IT FOR ME?
I never thought about how literature influences my life. The first thing that I think about when someone says "literature" is an old book some ruined with yellowed pages, I can also smell the aroma of hot chocolate and cookies. When I think to literature I imagine new worlds to discover and new place to visit with my mind. Books tell stories, not the only that is written on the pages but also we can understand why the author prefers to speak about some topics instead of others. I think that literature is everywhere in our life: we are always surrounded by lines from famous poems and books.
THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING LITERATURE
I think that by studying literature we cannot only learning about the life of the authors, but also we can discover something new about the period and the culture of different populations. The literature's power is to bring you in every place in and out of the world, in any eras, in the past and in the future, and the only things you have to do to start this journey is to open the book and start to read. Personally, I think that the best thing that can happen when you are reading a book is feeling immediately part of the story and not only a reader. I know that we are obliged to study it, but this can be also an occasion to express and comparing ourselves with the ideas that are expressed by the author. The best part of literature is that there are no limits, this is the freest way of expression: there are not right or wrong thoughts, they are just thoughts! You can write about what you want and no one can tell you that what you think is wrong, so we have not to judge the way of thinking of someone, we have only to analyze which are our ideas.
Geoffrey Chaucer was born in 1343 in London and he was a member of the middle class. He traveled around Europe with the court of the Edward III's son, especially in France and Italy. This journey influenced his writes: we can distinguish three periods in his way of writing, the French, the Italian and the English periods. In the last period he started to write his major poem: the Canterbury Tales. He is the first poet to be buried in the poet's corner in Westminster Abbey.
THE CANTERBURY TALES