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Literature: What Is It?

Knowledge is said to be power. I will be quick to add that, refreshing one's knowledge base therefore will translate into renewed power constantly.

Most of us have heard the "term" literature before and some have actually made it a subject of study over periods. Literature if studied deeply grants its students immense satisfaction and artistry.

Literature refers to any composition of ideas on a particular subject, topic or any creative writing and sayings of a people or a society. It is also regarded as the use of well-chosen words to tell a story through narrative involving characters in conflict.

Because literary writings are based on happenings in the society, literature and society affect each other because, what bothers on the society is what one writes about.

The purpose or aim of literature is to:

1. Entertain or delight readers or audience through the use of imagination.

2. Educate or enlighten readers or audience on various aspects of life.

3. Inform or instruct readers or audience about happenings in the society.

Literature comes in two types; oral and written.

Oral literature is not documented but spoken to an audience. In oral literature, there is an organized audience/listeners and a narrator/teller of a story. Audience participate in oral literature by singing, clapping of hands, asking and answering questions. Oral literature is handed down from generation to generation so its origininators are difficult to establish. It is therefore regarded as the property of the whole community. In contemporary times, various forms of oral literature are being documented.

Proverbs, appellation, legends, folktale or folklore, dirge, myths and riddles are all forms of oral literature.

Proverbs are short, wise, popular sayings that warn, advise or state general truths. They are used to adorn or beutiful speeches.

Some examples of beautiful Ghanaian proverbs are:

1. The broom cannot sweep off the rock. This means, one must learn to act within the limit of his/her strength or powers.

2. There is no quarrel between the eye and sleep. This means, one must learn to tolerate others.

These are just a few. We will be glad to read in the comment section some proverbs you also know and what their meanings are.

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