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Literature fair brings popular English classics alive

Staff Reporter

Paintings based on famous works a major hit among visitors

SALEM: True to its motto, `Love English and Learn English', the three-day literature fair `Litera 2007', which concluded here on Friday, kindled the interest of students in English literature.

The portraits, photographs, photocopies of manuscripts, letters and extracts from the works of famous writers displayed in the fair, organised by the English department of Government Arts College for Women.

The life history and works of famous novelists, playwrights and poets in English literature featured prominently at the fair. Some of them included Shakespeare, Keats, Milton, Wordsworth, Thomas Hardy, P.B. Shelley, Byron and William Blake and Emily Bronte.

Much of the visitors' interest was centred on the models designed based on the scenes from famous works.

Ode

One such was a pot. F. Gracy, student of final year BA English, painted a few scenes based on Keats `Ode on a Grecian Urn' on the pot.

"The event is inspiring as it motivates us to read and develop a passion for English literature. We have come to know about the valuable works and why we should read them," visitors said.

Students like A. Vedha Santhoshini of final year literature also came up with beautiful paintings depicting scenes from short stories and novels.

To entertain the visitors and test their language skills, students conducted a number of literary games like matching writers with their birthplaces and reading tongue twisters. The winners were given prizes on the spot.

Presentations

Presentations on the works of a few writers were also made. "Our aim is to enthuse the new and younger readers. This is the second time we are organising this event and the response is encouraging," said event co-ordinator S.K. Pushpalatha.

As a part of the fair, a vast collection of books on literature from classics to modern writings had been displayed in the exhibition organised by the New Century Book House.

Enthusiasts

Periyar University Vice-Chancellor T. Balakrishnan inaugurated the fair in the presence of College Principal K. Bagirathi and Head of English department R. Suseela. It attracted literary enthusiasts, school and college students and teachers.

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