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Engish Composition, Lesson 14. Advantages and Disadvantages of Imaginative Theme Writing

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Lesson

Ideas furnished by the imagination are no less your own than are those furnished by experience, and the same freedom in the choice of language prevails. Such ideas are, however, not likely to be so clear and definite. At the time of their occurrence they do not make so deep and vital an impression upon you. If not recorded as they occur, they can seldom be recalled in the original form. Even though you attempt to write these imaginary ideas as you think them, you can and do change and modify them as you go along.

This lack of clearness and permanent form, while it seems to give greater freedom, carries with it disadvantages. In the first place the ideas are less likely to be worth recording, and in the second place it is more difficult to give them a unity and directness of statement that will hold the attention and interest of the reader until the chief point is reached.

Assessment

  1. What is meant by the term “imaginative literature”?
  2. What advantage is enjoyed in composing imaginative literature?
  3. What disadvantages are faced when compositing imaginative literature?
  4. What skills do you think need to be developed to become effective in writing imaginative literature?