Literature may be the habit of sharing our feelings, emotions, experiences and observations. This habit of humans gives birth to literature. This definition is only concerned with the expression. Emotions, feelings and observations may provide raw material for literature. Expression and the observation, though different, are both inevitable for literature. All of us have different outlook of life. There are the people who feel and sense things deeper and there are still some who feel and sense things in normal way. Some people feel and sense the things so deeply that due to the power of feelings and emotions , and observation find for themselves the mode of expression for which they don’t have to make efforts just as the powerful flow of water makes its own way and is called a river.
Yet there is no match for the things that are natural. However genius a man is he cannot express everything in its fullness whatever he feels. And whatever he feels may not always be commensurately real. Things may be different from the author’s perception. Yet his skill in expression merits admiration because he has gone somewhere close to the reality.
Emotions, feelings and observations which have been so far been penned down by the people are even less than the tip of the iceberg. Most of the people have have failed to express themselves due to their luck which failed to drag them into writing something. We admire Shakespeare, Ghalib and Iqbal for their creation but did all the people enjoy the same fate as the above said writers did? We call literature only that which has been put in black and white till today. What about the literature which did not find its expression died its undeserved death with the death of the souls having great mind. Keats rightly put it " Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter.
Sometimes things are not greater in magnitude but the author’s feelings and expressions make them of great importance. At times the subject might be highly important but the person who expresses it cannot feel it as it should be felt. Yet the importance of subject and the matching perception of the writer fail to produce greater literary art because the author may not have the wonderful felicity of the phrases and expressions. Therefore, a happy stroke of fortune it is when a great writer creates a great work of art. The magnitude of the subject matter, the deep feelings and perceptions of the writer and his skill in expression conspire to produce a great work of art. A writer taking an ordinary subject can make it extraordinary with his touch. Imagine the extraordinary subject being dealt with by an extraordinary genius.