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Qualities of Literature

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  1. Read the text and find the answers to the following questions:

· What does the artistic quality of literature mean?

· What are other qualities of literature?

· What is the function of literature?

· In what way does literature express life?


The first significant thing is the artistic quality of all literature.All art is the expression of life in forms of truth and beauty or in another word which exist in this world and which remain unnoticed until brought to our attention by some sensitive human soul same like the delicate curves of the shell reflects sounds and harmonies too faint to be otherwise noticed. In the same pleasing, surprising way, all artistic work must be a kind of revelation as architecture is probably the oldest creative work of arts and yet we still have many builders but few architects, that is, men whose work in wood or stone suggests some hidden truth and beauty to the human senses.

The second significant quality of literature is its suggestiveness, its appeal to our emotions and imagination rather to our intellect.

The third characteristic of literature is arising itself directly from the other two and that is permanence.

It is a prevalent opinion that literature is like all arts is mere play of imagination, pleasing enough like a new novel without any serious or practical importance. Nothing could be farther from the truth, literature preserves the ideals of a people and these ideal are love, faith, duty, friendship, freedom and reverence which are the part of human life most worthy of preservation.
Lastly in summary we can say literature is the expression of life in words of truth and beauty, it is the written record of man’s spirit, of his thoughts, emotions, aspirations, it is the history and only the history of the human soul having characteristics of its artistic quality, its suggestiveness and its permanent qualities which will never fade.



suggestiveness – способность вызывать мысли, заставлять думать

prevalent – преобладающий



  1. Look through the text again and find words and constructions you may use in your professional discourse (scientific terms etc.). Translate and memorize them.
  2. Find the transcription of the following words and practise pronouncing them: quality, characteristics, worthy.
  3. Decide whether the following statements are true or false according to the text:

· Architecture is art, but not everyone who builds something is an artist.

· Literature has little practical importance.

· Literature preserves the ideals that people think necessary to keep.



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