Sorry for the delay in writing! I’ve been getting used to the college life; I’ve been here just over a week. I am really enjoying it so far.
Anyway, my first college realization has been:
I LOVE ANTHOLOGIES.
Some of you might be sitting at your computers thinking, What the heck is an anthology?
An anthology is a collection of works on a particular subject. I currently own two anthologies on American literature, because the English class I’m taking this semester is American literature up to 1865. I am definitely going to like them very much. I was reading out of mine yesterday for class and when I finished my assigned reading I starting flipping through it, found something written by Mercy Otis Warren, a very famous female patriot in revolutionary times, and read it.
We are not even close to the time period in which Mercy Otis Warren wrote. When I tell you I am going to love having anthologies, just to read whatever’s in them, I am not lying. It’s probably a sad thing that I like them so much, but I am obsessed with literature. I really can’t explain it.
It’s amazing to me, too, that we were given the gift of language and rhetoric. Can you imagine if we just had basic words with which to communicate? Can you imagine Abraham Lincoln trying to give the Gettysburg Address without linguistic power? Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson trying to pen the Declaration of Independence without the power of rhetoric? Language is a powerful gift we’ve been granted. It may not seem like it when you’re listening to someone drone on about grammar.
But it is. The fact that we have this gift, that it’s been used for centuries and millennia by people as different and as far away from us in time as we can imagine, thrills me. That’s why it’s delighting to have these anthologies. It’s delighting to go back in time for a moment and read the powerful words of someone who lived centuries before me.
So yes, I’m thrilled with my anthologies. And I’m glad I’m an English major, because that means are quite a few more to come. :]