literary work

Definitions of literary work
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n imaginative or creative writing

Synonyms:
literary composition
Examples:
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Pilgrim's Progress
an allegory written by John Bunyan in 1678
Aeneid
an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire
Divina Commedia
a narrative epic poem written by Dante
Iliad
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy
Odyssey
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
Nibelungenlied
an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings
Types:
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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
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
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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