Short story = written to be read at a single sitting. Novella = written to be read in several sittings. Novel = written to be read in multiple sittings.
Lyric poetry = expresses thoughts or feelings. Narrative poetry = the narrator is a storyteller. Dramatic poetry = the narrator interacts with others.
Comedy = from disorder to order, ends happily. Tragedy = from order to disorder, ending badly. Tragicomedy = mixes tragedy and comedy.
LITERATURE lit-er-a-ture | [noun]
∎ Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.
∎ Books and writings published on a particular subject.
∎ Leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice.
LITERARY lit-er-ar-y | [adjective]
∎ Concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form.
∎∎ “Orwell’s are among the great literary works of the twentienth century”
LITERAL lit-er-al | [adjective]
∎ Taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or exaggeration.
∎ (of a translation) representing the exact words of the original text.
∎∎ “A literal translation from the Arabic”
∎∎∎ synonyms: word-for-word, verbatim, line-for-line, letter-for-letter
∎ (of a person or performance) lacking imagination; prosaic.
∎∎ “his interpretation was rather too literal”
∎∎∎ synonyms: literal-minded, factual
∎∎∎∎ antonyms: whimsical