Learning about literature

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Introduction to Literaturue

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Learning about literature

  1. 1.  There are SO many different styles of music such as country and rap. It’s the same way when it comes to literature.  Each form of literature is called a genre and has its own distinct characteristics.
  2. 2. Short Story  Nonfiction  Drama  Poetry  Folk Literature 
  3. 3.  A short story is a brief work of fiction  In most short stories, one main character faces a conflict that is resolved in the plot.  It usually has a theme, or a message about life.
  4. 4.  Nonfiction is writing that tells about real people, places, objects, events, and ideas.  Many of the nonfiction articles that we will cover are either essays or biographical or autobiographical sketches.  They all discuss the real world as opposed to an imaginary one.  The author may wish to convey and explain information, convince readers to accept particular idea or opinion or simply entertain and amuse readers.
  5. 5.  Drama is written to be performed by actors.  The script is made up of dialogue and monologue-the words the actors sayand the stage directions, which comment on how and when the actions occurs.
  6. 6.  Literature that appears in verse form  It often has a regular rhythm and, sometimes, a rhyme scheme.  Some poems tell a story, while others present a single image, or express a single emotion or thought.  Most poems use musically and emotionally charged language to express an idea.
  7. 7.  Folk Literature is the unwritten lore of specific people or culture, passed down through the generations by word of mouth until, at some point, it is put into writing.  Folk Literature includes myths, folk tales, fairy tales, legends, and fables.  Such stories express the hopes, fears, loves, dreams, and values of the people who tell them and pass them on.
  8. 8.  Read for the Love of Literature  Read to Be Entertained  Read for Information  Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~ Joseph Addison ~  Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. ~ Mortimer J. Adler ~
  9. 9.  A myth is a fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or causes of natural phenomena.  It involves supernatural elements and has little historical truth about it.  Among the most familiar myths today are those of ancient Greeks and Romans  Myths have several purposes. They serve as cultural history, explaining natural phenomena such as oceans and mountains  They also reinforce a culture’s values.  They are also a source of entertainment
  10. 10.  A folk tale is a story composed orally and then passed from person to person by word of mouth.  As part of an oral tradition, folk tales originated among people who could neither read or write.  They entertained each other by reading stories aloud, often about heroes, adventure, magic, or romance.  Like mythology, folk tales also help reinforce a cultures values and explain the natural world.
  11. 11.  A tall tale is a kind of humorous story in which character s possess superhuman abilities and impossible happenings occur.  Tall tales are told in common , everyday speech and employ some realistic detail in addition to exaggeration.
  12. 12.  An epic is a long narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heroes in war or travel.  An epic is written in ornate, poetic language.  It incorporates myths, legend, and history and often includes the intervention of the gods in human affairs.
  13. 13.  What is GENRE? Tell me everything that you know about it.

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