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Defining literature is a hard task Many people know what it is but are unable to explain it Brian Moon defines literature as A shifting category of texts defined by a complex combination of factors including textual features and value judgements Literature is language that portrays certain qualities These qualities are an impact on the audience a good use of the resource of language and the style used by the author which should appeal to the reader To help define literature it is imperative to provide examples from works classified as literature Literature can be found in many styles such as poems novels letters and art In any form it will have an impact on the reader and will often shape or change the readers views on areas of human life Three of the main areas which literature will effect are the religious social and personal view of the reader It is often people who have strong and high views in these areas that will have a big say in what is classified as literature Weevilly Porridge by Eva Johnson looks at the topic of aboriginal treatment by white people in the late 1800s - 1950s The topic is a pressing issue today in Australian society and poems such as these help everyone understand about the issue of Aboriginal treatment by white people A good use of the resource of language is essential for a text to be defined as literary A good use of the resource of language would include use of syntax structure literal and metaphorical levels and imaginative descriptive and complex language An example of well crafted language and also a strong value judgement is in the poem Beauty by Grace Nichols It emphasises the point that beauty is not all about looks by using metaphors and imagery Beauty Is a fat black woman Walking in the fields Pressing a breezed hibiscus To her cheek
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