Homer Teachs Dante, Shakespeare And Goethe To Sing
Homer Teachs Dante, Shakespeare And Goethe To Sing

Is there a literature for future?

Is there a future for literature?

Yes and no for both.

Is there a literature for future?

There is a literature for future, maybe all the authors are writing for a better world, expecting their works to be read after decades carrying the distinctive features of the past through the words.

But we can’t estimate how many of the writers are after leaving a permanent, meaningful trace on this world. We don’t know when all the meanings will be left behind and writing will be a performance activity only, to create a special atmosphere on the current consumers of the carefully planned and arranged words.

Is there a future for literature?

There is a future for literature, although our lives flow in a faster motion each new day, there are millions of people knowing that the depth of writing cannot be found elsewhere.

But we don’t know when the last paper book will be published. We don’t know when all people will be reading the same book simultaneously on their mobile devices. We don’t know if reading will turn to a watching and sharing activity after this transition.

We Need Words for Our Life Stories

People were able to look at each other and see what is visible before writing. They were able to communicate with sign languages.

New worlds had been opened with the words.

Now we all know that we will need the words creating unexpected waves in our minds, with an unbelievable power of communication.

I hope we know.


When you are driving, you look ahead and watch the back through the mirror.

When you want to see a reflection of your future, you need to look back and see what has happened.

It is possible to go back to about ten centuries before Christ to find out where and how Homer lived, to see the world during his time through his words.

One may find many other strong light spots in the voyage through the centuries. Dante in 13th, Montaigne in 16th, Shakespeare in 17th to 18th, Schiller and Goethe in 18th centuries.

Any example from the treasure of the past will direct a strong light on the simple complex question about the literature and future.

Like Homer.

Like Shakespeare.

Like others.

We may not be sure when exactly they had lived. We may not be sure even if they had once lived as real people we know as Homer and Shakespeare now.

But we know that we have an enermous treasure of their work.

So the key to open the door of the future is value. Each drop of real meaning and aesthetic shape living in any piece of work will be the fuel of the ship sailing to the far hills of the unknown.



Homeric comes from his name for enermous.

It is said that the facts about his life have been lost in the mists of antiquity.

His works, however, are as clear as they were in his days.

Maybe even more, since many additions have been made under his name.

Agamemnon in Odyssey is not only a king and leader of Greek forces.

He is almost a real person living in Homer’s epics. With new meanings found in his words by new readers every day for hundreds of years.

Helen in Iliad is not just Menelaus’s wife, but a living symbol of beauty and love for centuries.



It is difficult to find someone who reads but has not met a sonnet of him.

It is difficult to find someone who writes but has not watched a play of him.

And the characters he created.

They are probably living in the minds of millions of people. Like actual people they know, but having a very special depth of historical and behavoural information.

The light on his creations still enlightens the thoughts of his readers with the words of carefully selected actors living in his works.


Would it be a surprise to hear about “SHAKESPEARE’S ILIAD: HOMERIC THEMES IN TROILUS AND CRESSIDA” from John L. Penwill?


If we look at the future, we can see the Homer and Shakespeare of tomorrow.

Not a sharp, well defined picture maybe, but visible enough to show that there will be reflections of today in the works of special talents.

Their names will be different.

Some of them will stay too long alone with their works away from the social lights making them visible.

But a small fire will survive to share the light of the future.

To create a bridge between today and tomorrow.

Like Homer, Shakespeare and many others built from the past to our day.

Yes, there is now a literature for future.

And it is the future of literature.

About Mehmet Arat

Trying to combine the past and present for a "Literature for Future".

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  1. […] Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @nprbooks Historical fiction for today, literature for future. https://mehmetarat2000.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/literature-for-future/ […]

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