Literature as a special language
"Literature is a 'special' kind of language, in contrast to the 'ordinary' language we commonly use" (Eagleton 4).
Upon the first time reading this quote, I took it for what it generally said - We use literature in addition to the common language that we use, day in and day out. But after finishing the assigned section, and going back to pick out a quote to talk about, I couldn't get this line out of my head. There has to be something more to it. And I believe I've only begun to scratch the surface.
Literature is different to everyone. I could consider a short story written by a feisty 8-year-old, to be literature, no matter how erratic or didactic it may be. Someone else might just consider it to be jibberish. But literature is always special, because the words and sentences are formed exactly how the author wants them to be, in order for them to have the most meaning when slapped on a piece of paper. When writing literature, I would have to say that we tend to choose our words more carefully than we would when spitting out everyday language.