Books, literature, writing

Classic Literature

Let’s talk classics!
So what is classic literature? It basically dates back to the foundations of ancient civilizations but can be considered as any form of literature that is based on values, a moral, a social metaphor, or a teaching that resonates beyond its time. Which is why we often hear the phrase “timeless classics”.

We are often introduced to a culture, a period drama where the values reflect the liberations of a modernised society or that we dream of. A common aspect in all classic literature is that it’s rich in legacy, an art that compels the reader to think twice, or even thrice to discern the meaning behind seemingly beguiling words.

One thing that has always made me wonder is how the line between ‘classic’ and ‘cliché’ is pretty thin, so what should be the right parameter to make the difference. Cliché is something that has been said and done, while Classic is one of a kind. It is what the rest is based upon.

Lastly, I think the definition of a classic is emerging and evolving everyday but I do believe a classic must appeal to the mass and make it heard the very first time that it is read. It must talk about something really important, defy the odds, and stand out.
These are some of my favorite classics in the picture, but I have tons more that I’m going to share in the coming days.

Do classics allure you? What’s the next classic that you’d like to read?

8 thoughts on “Classic Literature”

  1. I saw a few classics lists and I’ve read a number…. I’m more likely to reread some than go new to me. The last batch was Pushkin from Dostoevsky attributes… I may tackle runeburg of Finnish renoun…or just pick up some dumas

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  2. I recently read To Kill a Mockingbird and what stayed with me is the perception of right and wrong through the eyes of a child. Their view is simplistic and the view of adults is so complicated!

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  3. I am doing the Goodreads Challenge this year and using your definition of a classic I guess have read a few this year. The strongest, though not my favorite, was Slaughterhouse 5. As I age I found it has increased in strength, and as a young man I did not quite get that though it was structured as a comedy it was anything but one. I got choked up reading it this time around. I am holding off on rereading what I thought the pinnacle of literature as a very young man – The Grapes of Wrath. I have to forget a little more of it before I read it again. I may not get to it this year. Literature does not change as you age, you change, and that makes the message of the work different.

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  4. I love classics. My favorites are East of Eden, Night in Bombay, Persuasion, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. But it’s so hard to choose! I’ve really been wanting to read Wuthering Heights again because the first time I read it was so long ago and I really disliked it. :/ I would like to give it another chance!

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