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  • Words are related to objects in sensory space, the domain for all that allows for a book to even be appreciated. Words are substitutes.

    Relating to people from pages in a book is lackluster compared to the experience of relating to people in person. Reading is relating at a distance (a substitute for reality), no different than imagining what it would be like to fly, savor a particular food, experience certain emotions with a living being (romance). What has a greater hold on our emotions and memory? I would say 'actually experiencing,' vs. Vicariously experiencing.

    The ability to convey oneself in writing is dependent on our experiences and abstract conceptualization of those experiences. So clarity of thought is more a by-product of an innate thinking process. The ability to speak grammatically is inherent in one's attunement to the 'sound' of language, which is grasped via ears, not sight by reading words on a page. Try learning a foreign language by simply reading words and phonetic keys. It's slow and impractical.

    I've always had an ample vocabulary, and even larger compared to some people I've met in my lifetime who have spent a larger portion of time reading. Vocabulary is only one piece of language, albeit a very important one (if not the most important). However, hearing words allows one to grasp the way in which public consensus has decided the word should be pronounced (e.G., folks sounds like 'fokes' and not folks; facetious = fa-see-shus, not face-chus). Also, modern (not archaic) contexts can be derived through in-person conversation, or movies, or the news. However, if immersion in verbosity is a goal, then classic literature is a great solution.

    Words are cumbersome and slow. They also don't have the power of experience. People tend to repeat the same mistakes unless they are sufficiently burned. Reading, and even writing, has no immediate consequence, thus it fails to have the same 'potency' as sensory stimuli. It is highly subjective.

    I will say, if you are hoary and tired, then yes, reading can allow one to live life that can no longer be savored in the same way that life can be experienced while still 'young' and healthy (this could include some people in their 60's and 70's in terms of healthy disposition and ability to interact with their environment). But, to enhance any ability, whether it be learning a particular skill, even as a subset of language, such as grammar or vocabulary, I would say intense focus on the particular skillset is necessary for increased ability, at least at an efficient level. So, if you want to expand your vocabulary, then read a dictionary. If you want to become more proficient at the technicalities of grammar, then get a compendium of grammar rules and examples of usage. Would it be easier to know that a perfect tense is a completed action by analyzing or waiting for an unexpected serendipitous eureka moment, or by simply looking up 'perfect tense' in a table of contents and finding a concise definition with a few examples? The choice is clear.

  • Yes in today's society studying Literature is a waste of time.

    The simple reason that information is always at your fingertips by way of the Internet which makes the study of classic literature a waste of time because the lessons taught by the study prove to be inadequate for the person in the modern environment. That classics no longer apply to today, much like the religious teachings of old no longer apply.

  • Literature is not a waste of time.

    Although in today's world almost everybody is involved in technology and sports, some people do take the time out to go to a library, pick out a book and read. As far as I have observed, most people now read stuff like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson which are also literature. Anyway, the thing is that literature helps to ask questions and to analyze the text.

  • Literature is not a waste of time.

    Although in today's world almost everybody is involved in technology and sports, some people do take the time out to go to a library, pick out a book and read. As far as I have observed, most people now read stuff like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson which are also literature. Anyway, the thing is that literature helps to ask questions and to analyze the text.

  • No, it helps us understand life.

    No, studying literature is not a waste of time, because a person can understand the human race by reading what other people have written. A person who has studied literature can also improve their abilities to read and speak language. A person who studies literature can learn things about themselves as well.

  • Knowledge about anything is never a waste of time.

    Studying literature is quite cool actually. Being able to use phrase that capture the mind of the reader is great. You can express exactly what you're feeling in the right words. Can build an image in our mind with literature. It's quite beautiful. The way a person starts reading, and is not able to stop simply because the the wird are so intricate and precise. The image they build, is so clear that there is no confusion or struggle to understand. You just wanna keep reading. Literature to me is quite captivating.

  • Only if you don't actually read it.

    Exposure to literature improves vocabulary, grammar, and spelling, as well as providing knowledge of history and culture that could not be adequately obtained through film and other media. However, when courses allow kids to just watch the movie instead of reading the book, most of these benefits are lost. Therefore, it's only beneficial if you actually read.

  • No, studying literature is not a waste of time.

    No, studying literature is not a waste of time and instead helps readers to better improve their reading skills as well as their analytical skills. Reading literature can help readers find a deeper sense of reading, and can help to fine tune critical thinking and analytical skills which can come as a result of reading literature.

  • Literature increases intelligence.

    By studying famous works of the past, we learn more about history. We can see how current events at the time helped influence these works. Also, many words in the English language that we used were at one time invented by somebody, and the likelihood of that source being literature is high. Shakespeare himself invented hundreds of words.


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