Thus the objective of literary criticism is to determine the artistic values poetic beauty or the features being regarded as inadequate existing in the works of literature in order to 1 helping the reader to gain a better understanding of nature and value of literature and a better appreciation of the pleasure proper to literature then to . This presentation is useful for someone initiating in the wonderful world of literature and criticism. Literary criticism nature and function 0 the word criticism has been derived from the greek word which means judgment a critic is a person who expresses opinions about the good and bad qualities of books or the works of literature or poetry or the art of an artist or a painter as regards the function of literary criticism . The primary function of literary criticism is to interpret literature in a way that will increase understanding according to the english department of georgia perimeter college literary criticism began in 19th century europe among the bourgeois class writes professor terry eagleton of the university of manchester . Its nature and functions literary criticism the term criticism is derived from the greek term kritikos which was used in the 4th century bc it means a judge of literature in the 2nd century ad its place was taken by the term criticus aimed at the interpretation of texts and words and improvement of the works of writers in greek or latin
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