'Literature and Arts' is a sub-discipline of study of English which focuses on not only literature and art throughout the course of history, but also the social history and philosophy of their respective eras. This subject is often taught in many universities as it examines the importance of the creative and intellectual outputs of people in the past. By studying the context in which creativity has emerged in the modern world, we may gain some insight into thwe multi-faceted image of the past, and perhaps ideas for the present and future too. In this light, poetry and artwork from the past is not only a product of its time, but also a means for development of the collective ideas of individuals and societies.
William Blake often illustrated his own poems, mixing the mediums of literature and art.
Courses which explore literature and art do not only focus on the descriptive history of these topics, but also often apply modern analysis techniques to interpret the prose, poetry and artwork. A particular concern in this field of study is making connections between literature and art, as well as various individual pieces of each to give a more holistic approach to interpretation. Such studies are not isolated to the classroom either, but can, and should, extend into museums and exhibits, where the actual pieces of artwork are on display.