LITERATURE THROUGH MY EYES

More than a heap of words

TEN REASONS TO STUDY LITERATURE

  1. "Through literature you start questioning about something"
  2. "You can use literature as a weapon to control someone, because the pen is mightier than the sword"
  3. "By having new words you can expand in the meanings and the ideas"
  4. "In the world there are universal values but different way to express them"
  5. "We can broaden and deepen our experience through literature"
  6. "It gives a different facet of the real events"
  7. "Literary study involves reading poems, plays, novels and stories, thinking about them, discussing them and writing about them due to an increase in the desire for practical and human skills."
  8. "Literary study expands our capacity to sympathize with other human beings"
  9. "Literature intellectually stimulates and helps us to see the world more clearly"
  10. "Literature creates in you the need to investigate"
You can like reading or not, as all things in life. Sometimes we feel obligated to read, but when we do this voluntarily we will find our history by reading those of others, we enrich ourselves and we become more aware of the importance that literature has in our life.

"THE CANTERBURY TALES"

by Geoffrey Chaucer

the sIMILARITIES between Boccaccio & Chaucer

Both of their works are set in a frame narrative, that is a man introduction that stands the purpose of setting the scene for shorter stories. The Decameron starts with the description of the plague that damaged Florence in 1348, while to pass the time pleasantly, each of the men and women will tell a story for every nights they spent together. The Canterbury Tales' prologue is similar but while Boccaccio describes the effects of the epidemic on the society, Chaucer focuses his attention on the people, presenting each pilgrim in a detailed way.

SOME CHARACTERS

During the first lessons we have analyzed in greater depth and detail way the characteristics of some characters like the Wife of Bath, the Prioress and the Merchant. The author casts light on a woman called Dame Alice, who represents worldly, earthy qualities as well as a female point of view, the Wife of Bath. He highlights the status of women in society. As far as I'm concerned she was the most interesting character because she epitomizes the woman's role through an ironic and humorous view. She is confident, congenial and an expert in love and romance. She has had five husbands, she enjoys her freedom, and is openly sensual. In the opposite side Chaucer describes the Prioress as a charming lady and her appearance conforms to the comporary ideal of beauty; in this regard he shares the anticlerial attitude. She has precise manners, eats as an aristocrat would, and wears a gold brooch with "Love conquers all" inscribed in Latin. This character has not impressed me, because, in my opinion, there is not something new or different of a "common person".

comparison between THE CANTERBURY TALES AND THE CASTLE OF CROSSED DESTINIES

I really enjoyed this topic that we have covered because I found similarities between the work of Chaucer and the Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino, one of my favorite texts. For example in both of them there is a group of people who meet in a closed place (in a tavern and in a castle) in order to tell to each other their story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n5m8Zjai9k

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

KEY TOPICS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)

  • He is an iconic figure of literature.
  • He wrote to be performered in the theatre.
  • He was an hystorical document for the humanity.
  • He had to catch the attention of the public.
  • He used the dramatic irony.
  • He wrote historical dramas about the history of the UK at the time.
  • His plays and sonnets have been performed in nearly every major language on every continent.

"I FIND NO PEACE"

The confusion, the ambiguity and the vacillation of feelings and emotions connected with love is the subject of this sonnet. The poem is built from opposite sentiments and ideas to reflect the full range of feeling that love can provoke. The opening image of war and peace also reminds me of the constant battles interspersed with brief periods of peace that we have been in the past but which are still present today. A constant search for a peaceful interlude, something hopeless.

"SHALL I COMPARE THEE"

This sonnet deals with the immortality of art in general, so in this case the poetry. The poet answers to such profound joy and beauty is to ensure that his friend be forever in human memory, saved from the oblivion that accompanies the death. He achieves this through his verse hoping that his friend will become one with time. The answer lies in the final couplet, which reaffirms the poet's hope that as long as there is breath in mankind, his poetry too will live on.

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."

"like as the waves"

This sonnet is about the desctructive power of time and the role of art. Perhaps it is the best illustration of the theme of the ravages of time. In each quatrain the passage of time in man's life is presented through metaphors. The turning point of the poem lies in the final couplet, where the poet tells to us that the time is responsible of the fall of the man, which make me fell unaware towards the power of time.

"MY MISTRESS' EYES"

Majbe this is the best sonnet I have ever read until now, perhaps because it is about the theme of the love simple and deep without exaggerated comparisons. Most of the sonnets wrote during the Elizabethan age England were modeled after that of Petrarch. The "golden age" of poetry was considered the most flourishing period of songs and sonnets, which come from Italy. Petrarch’s famous sonnet sequence was written as a series of love poems to an idealized and idolized mistress named Laura. He praises her beauty, her worth, and her perfection using an extraordinary variety of metaphors. Instead, in Shakespeare these metaphors are against the idea of courtly love. The result was that the poet loves the woman for her human qualities, for her real look that is so romantic. The thing that I found most interesting was the fact that the sonnet essentially raises the question "what is beauty?" which is explained in the final couplet:

"And yet by heaven I think my love as rare

as any she belied with false compare."

HAMLET

"Hamlet" could be read as a revenge tragedy joined with a series of theme that are central to humanity like the youth and age, the action and the inaction and the existence of God and the life after death. The Elizabethan era was a violent one and the lifetime of the Queen saw the executions and premature deaths of many men and women. According to this, from my point of view Shakespeare was able to create a stunning work in which is constantly present a contrast clush between two different generations and a constant tension between life and death.

ACT I, SCENE V - HAMLET

I think that the most portent lines in act 1 scene 5 are line (18) “to tell the secrets of my prison-house lightest word would” because these lines are important since the ghost is saying how he would be the only one to bring the truth to light, also in line 25 “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” Here the ghost clearly sends the message to Hamlet to do revenge of his murder. All this is causing a strong impact in the soul of the viewer and a sense of anxiety and deeply fear.

ACT III, SCENE I

"Devoutly to be wish'd. To die to sleep". He views death as a constant sleep in which you can never awaken from. He also continues the concept of suicide and how it could be an alternative to dealing with all the hardships life has to offer. Death is not an act of weakness because you are not aware of what will happen in the future, so life is a compromise.

A fun and cute comparison

ROMEO AND JULIET

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