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literary composition

Definitions of literary composition
  1. noun
    imaginative or creative writing
    synonyms: literary work
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    acrostic
    verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
    belles lettres, belles-lettres
    creative writing valued for esthetic content
    dialog, dialogue
    a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
    fiction
    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
    fictionalisation, fictionalization
    a literary work based partly or wholly on fact but written as if it were fiction
    hagiology
    literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
    lucubration
    a solemn literary work that is the product of laborious cogitation
    pastoral
    a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
    poem, verse form
    a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
    potboiler
    a literary composition of poor quality that was written quickly to make money (to boil the pot)
    tushery
    writing of poor quality; characterized by affected choice of archaic words
    romance
    a medieval narrative about the adventures of a chivalric hero
    dystopia
    a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror
    novel
    an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
    fantasy, phantasy
    fiction with a large amount of imagination in it
    story
    a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
    utopia
    a work of fiction describing a utopia
    abecedarius
    a poem having lines beginning with letters of the alphabet in regular order
    Alcaic, Alcaic verse
    verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
    ballad, lay
    a narrative poem of popular origin
    ballade
    a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy
    blank verse
    unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)
    bucolic, eclogue, idyl, idyll
    a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
    elegy, lament
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
    epic, epic poem, epos, heroic poem
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
    free verse, vers libre
    unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern
    haiku
    an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
    lyric, lyric poem
    a short poem of songlike quality
    rondeau, rondel
    a French verse form of 10 or 13 lines running on two rhymes; the opening phrase is repeated as the refrain of the second and third stanzas
    sonnet
    a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
    tanka
    a form of Japanese poetry; the 1st and 3rd lines have five syllables and the 2nd, 4th, and 5th have seven syllables
    terza rima
    a verse form with a rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc, etc.
    rhyme, verse
    a piece of poetry
    versicle
    a short verse said or sung by a priest or minister in public worship and followed by a response from the congregation
    villanelle
    a poem comprised of five tercets and a quatrain and in which the first and third lines of the first tercet repeat as alternating end lines in subsequent stanzas
    sestina
    a poem comprised of six sestets and a final tercet and in which the end words of each line recur in each stanza in rotating order
    horror
    a genre of fiction that evokes suspense and feelings of fear
    epigram
    a short, witty, and often satirical poem focusing on a single topic or observation
    type of:
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
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