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Why classics in literature stand the test of time

The function of literature is to act as the dominant note of the period in which it is born. Good literature is that treasure, which despite travelling the passage of time, not only remains relevant but also acquaints the reader with the past — with the way of the world as it was as well as with problems and the prevailing mood of the society. In his essay "On Literature Today", Van Wyk Brooks wrote, “The public has a right to expect from its poets and thinkers some light on the causes of our problems and the way to a better future.” Thus, it seems plausible to call great literature the “soul” of the society (at least for

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