A pen is mightier than a sword! And indeed, it is isn’t it? The might of literature always defeats the brutal sword swinging on the battlefield! The dance of a pen on a piece of paper sheds ink which enlightens the world whereas the same dance by a sword spills blood and spreads enmity. The profound knowledge of literature helps a man with his reading, communication as well as diction and these skills are the building blocks for education and intellectual progress in the society. They say knowledge is power and literature is the medium through which one can exercise this power. Apart from knowledge, literature also equips us with vital life skills and gives us insight on values and the complexities of human emotions in the form of stories, poetry, plays and many other literary renditions. The tragic, yet soulful story of Romeo and Juliet never ceases to amaze us and it still gathers applause all across the globe as a classic in the world of romance. Shakespeare, even after decades of his demise, lives on in the hearts of literary enthusiasts who flip through the pages of his work and marvel at the magic he spun.
Some of the gods of fiction like Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Jeffrey Archer, all with varying areas of expertise have also contributed to the repository of stories and tales in this world. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his character Sherlock Holmes was loved and adored by billions and the massive uproar that was caused when Mr. Holmes was killed, forced Sir Doyle to bring him back to life. Such is the irreplaceable effect that a good book can have on a reader. And how can I forget the Boy Who Lived? The story of Harry Potter, and his journey of seven years made us fond of the boy and the wizarding world of Hogwarts. His ordeal made us weep for him and every book made us yearn for more. Most importantly, the tale taught us the power of love; a lesson that can make this world a better place.
The examples listed above are merely glimpses into the vast ocean of literature. In the world of poetry, ideas are put across slightly differently. Rhyming lines and verses are adopted to give the reader a different experience. Often, poems are known to convey deeper meanings which are quite difficult to decipher immediately. Also, poems can be interpreted in a variety of ways as they make ample use of figures of speech to flaunt the intricacies of the English language. Another form of literature is drama! Prose and poetry are ideas on paper and drama encompasses the portrayal of these ideas on stage. This can involve theatre, recitals, music and dance. Consisting of dialogues and costumes, drama requires the innate ability to understand a character and bring out the emotions in front of an audience. Some of the most famous plays in the world come from Broadway, a genre that has been breathing life into theatre for years. Essays are shorter versions of prose which convey feelings and opinions rather effectively.
Literature is a gift to mankind which is built on the foundation of emotions, منطق, human psychology and words. It doesn’t acknowledge boundaries of language or genre; thus making it an incredibly powerful medium of expression. Expression is the path to spreading enlightenment and cultivating the habit of reading pretty much carves out the path to wisdom. After all, the wisest among mankind never reached those heights without the aid of a pen or a book. So go ahead and open that untouched book. After all, you never know which book will change your life and turn it upside down with its words and ideas!