December 13, 2012
As a teenager I read many different genres of literature such as romance, sci-fi, fiction, and drama. As a young adult, I read much the same but also added mystery and horror. I cannot say that I have an all-time favorite story or author, it all depends on my state-of-mind at the time I read. I did not have much interest in poetry until I learned about it in this class. I have now added “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, “1 Corinthians 13” by Paul and “Little Bessie Would Assist Providence” by Mark Twain. I also added “Oranges” by Gary Soto to my personal literary canon. The lessons learned from each of these literary works are an important part of our everyday lives. I think it should be a part of the literary canon for our children as well. I use literature as a means of escape and to gain knowledge. One novel that I cannot see as a part of any literary canon is “The Catcher in the Rye” because it is extremely difficult to follow and maintain interest; there is a lot of foul language used throughout the novel. I have heard different reviews of this novel but most agree that it should not be a part of an adolescents’ required reading because of the actions and language of the characters in the story.
My personal literary canon has grown since starting this course. It has reminded me that there can be many different meanings taken from what we read. I like literary works that I can relate myself and my current situations to and that help me to get through whatever I may be dealing with. I also like stories that I can use to help teach my children life’s lessons.
My current selections all have a central theme of love and affections. The meanings of these stories are lessons I would like my own children to learn. These works culturally define me because these are the lessons I have been taught by my parents and my...