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Literary Genres

Description and examples of 16 literary genres
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Stephanie Eager

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Literary Genres

Poetry:
words arranged in metrical pattern, often using rhymed verse in an imaginative style
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Folk tale:
an anonymous, timeless, and placeless story that was orginally told rather than written
Play:
a story for stage performance by actors
Historial fiction:
stories set in the past with characters who take part in actual historial events
Fiction:
stories with imaginary characters and events
Reference:
information sources such as encyclopedias, yearboks,dictionaries and atlases
Biography:
a person's life story written by another person
Newspaper:
a daily or weekly publication of current events
Fable:
short stories that teach a lesson on morals and usually contain animals who talk and act like people
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Fantasy:
imaginative stories dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters
Science-fiction:
stories that include futuristic technology, scientific fact and fictional events
Non-fiction:
stories with real life characters and events
Autobiography:
a person's life story written by himself or herself
Tall tale:
humorous and exaggerated stories of the adventures of American frontiersmen
Mystery:
fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
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