Most of the world’s literature is based on cities and countries rich in history. Most books in the genre of popular fiction are rooted in the heart of a city bringing the benefits and the drawbacks in the open. Whether it be the Westminster Bridge or Kublai Khan, inspiration lurks in every corner of the world and many of world’s phenomenal writers have found this inspiration and mimicked that very beauty in their works of art. Over the centuries, countries and cities have motivated writers to pen them down making the surge of elegance inhabiting these cities to be immortalised forever. Here are some places that have inspired great writers (these are just a few, if I were to mention all, a book would have been in progress by now).
This city is not just the home to Mr. Holmes, it also harbours Mrs. Dalloway, Harry Potter and the Diagon Alley. London has been mentioned by great writers like Chaucer and Swift. Gulliver begins his journey from London and Dorian Gray indulged in excessive passion. The london of the Romantics like Blake and Wordsworth and the London of Samuel Johnson might be different but the city presents an extravagant image of sophistication and life.
2. Troy( Ilios) , Turkey
Homer wrote of the Spartan war and the face that launched a thousand ships- the famous Helen. The city of Troy located in modern day Turkey inspired Homer to write an epic poem comprising twenty-four books which in turn inspired another book by Homer, Odyssey which talks about the journey of Odysseus after the war. Since then many works have been based upon the characters of the Iliad.
Petrarch’s Italian sonnets have acted as an inspiration for other sonnet writers like Shakespeare in Elizabethan England. Italy has given rise to major literary figures like Giovanni Boccaccio and Tasso. Novels like ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and ‘The Name of the Rose’ are based on Italy. Rome, the capital of Italy has inspired the greatest playwright, Shakespeare who wrote plays like Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus. Cities like Verona and Venice in Italy are the settings of the famous plays Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.
Literature runs through the veins of this Irish capital. Joyce’s description of the city in the novel Ulysses might change the way you experience the city when you’re visiting Dublin. The city is the home to writers like William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett who have contributed volumes to the field of literature.
Classical literature is a major era of ancient Greek writers like Sophocles, Aeschylus, Aristophanes. It also gave birth to philosophers like Plato and Aristotle. Many texts are inspired by the greek mythology like ‘The Modern Prometheus’ and poems like ‘Leda and the Swan.’ Alexander Pope’s translations of Homer have served a great purpose too.
Spain had made contributions to literature even before literature was written in the medieval period. Latin American literature is the literature of the spanish colonies. Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell are famous texts in and about Spain. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Colombian writer writing in Spanish and is famous for his books like ‘ One Hundred years of Solitude’ and ‘Love in the time of Cholera.’
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