Gems of Literature

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In his "Preface to Shakespeare", Samuel Johnson has praised the bard, as above "all writers", and, as one who "holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life" (Johnson, 1765). Indeed, any classic work of modern literature or poetry is, but reflection of life itself.


Her works focus on subjects like, desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, the different dimensions of human mind's connection to others and to the creatures and objects which co-exist with human beings in this perceptible world. The objects thus perceived are in the end, seamlessly integrated within the mind, "to disappear into and become us, and so allow us also to become them-animal, vegetable, mineral, word, all thoroughly mysterious and known." (Hirshfield, 1996) Hirshfield defines "three stances as the subjective, reflective, and objective modes", corresponding to the immature, slightly wiser, and ripe stages of consciousness. Within these constructs, she has created classics which uncover the silent subtleties of everyday life, ranging from the metaphysical and passionate to the political and scientific.
What is power, if it is indeed, incapable of influence Through the constructs of Jane Hirshfield, this dissertation shall delineate the power of literature to reveal the influences of memory and the structures of history. Two contemporary works of authors Anne Michaels, and Gao Xingjian, "Fugitive Pieces", and "Soul Mountain" respectively, are briefly discussed here, which illustrate the theory of Hirshfield that also find convergence in the thoughts of other authors like Azar Nafisi (" Reading Lolita in Tehran").
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