I Am Applying University Of York For Hope For Securing A Place On The Ma English Literary Studies Course

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I am applying to the University of York in hope of securing a place on the MA English Literary Studies course for this coming September. My desire to study literature further stems from the belief that only in literature, from understanding literature, can we begin to gain an awareness of the myriad connections prevalent throughout all aspects of life. Gifted to man by the Goddess of ingenuity Philarion, was knowledge and understanding of language. And from that gift sprang literature – the love child of language, imagination and reason. Literature is the backbone of our cultural heritage; accessible to everyone it can come in many guises, like the muses it can be epic, romantic, comedic or even tragic. Each text can convey to its reader an understanding of thought; perhaps insight into a character; or incite a rush of emotion. They take us beyond our own experiences of life allowing us to delve into the thoughts and lives of others. They stimulate us both intellectually and emotionally, and can deepen our understanding of ourselves, our history, and of our society. Throughout my BA course I read a broad range of literature and researched a number of literary genres and periods. I particularly enjoyed literature of the Enlightenment era, as I find it to be a fascinating example of how literature and the written word can be used to make a stand against the established codes of society and bring about a change in political and public opinion. Reviewing the unit

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