Eng 125, Week 1, Discussion 1

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Describe your personal relationship to literature and to reading. Begin by considering the meaning of literature. What does the term literature mean to you? What makes something literary in your own mind? If literature means different things to different people, who defines what is and what is not literature? My personal relationship to literature and reading is reading relaxes me and this allows my mind to flow with the material I am reading, for instance, if I am reading a book about a tropical island, then I can literally imagine myself on that island in my mind. I can feel the sand, hear the sound of the ocean and smell the air. I really get into the story. Literature comes from the Latin word litteraura, which means an imaginative or creative body of written work from a particular language, period or culture. A piece of work is literary when a person expresses themselves freely and writes from their heart, without borders or boundaries. I don’t think anyone can truly define what is or is not literature; that is up to the individual writer, based on the definition of literature which is a creative or imaginative body of written work. Next, reflect on your relationship to reading and literature. What kind of reading engages/interests you? What about that writing draws you in? Do you find meaning in reading certain writing? If so, describe the satisfaction you draw from this process. Also consider how you read. Do you, for example, take notes or mark text as you read, or do you simply absorb the material on a page? I am engaged by all genre of reading from fiction to non-fiction. I prefer fictional reading because it is based on the writer imagination or creative pretense and not necessarily facts. I can usually identify with some portion of the story based on my own life experiences. Depending on what the material is I am reading I can breeze through

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