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English Forms of Literature

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Genre
A division or type of literature. Is marked by distinctive style, form, and content.
Prose
Ordinary form of spoken or written language, with no metrical structure.
Poetry
One of the three major types of literature, the others being prose and drama. Verse written to cause thoughts and feelings in the reader. Often uses rhythm and rhyme to convey its message.
Drama
A story written to be performed by actors.
Nonfiction
Writing that presents/ explains ideas, or that tells about real people, places, objects or events.
Autobiography
Factual story about a real person in the past or present, written by the person the story is about.
Biography
Factual story about a real person in the past or present, written by someone else.
Fiction
Writing that tells about imaginary characters or events.
Historical fiction
Real events, places, or people are incorporated into a made-up story.
Realistic fiction
Characters and events appear realistic
Science fiction
Combines fiction and fantasy with scientific facts.
Mystery
A puzzle or problem
Fantasy
Highly imaginative writing with elements not found in real life.
Folklore/Folktales
Legends, myths, and fables told through the years (someone wrote them down.)
Legend
Widely told story about the past. Stories can teach a moral.
Fable
Brief story or poem, usually with animal characters that talk and act like humans.
Myth
Fictional tale that explains actions of gods or heroes, or the origins of nature.