The Five Main Genres of Literature Literature is a broad term that encompasses almost everything we read, see, and hear. It helps to be able to break it down into categories, for ease of understanding and analysis. Here are 5 genres of literature commonly taught in the classroom, with explanations and examples.
The Serious and the Nonsense of Edward Lear Edward Lear is perhaps best known for his limericks and humorous poems published in "A Book of Nonsense". However, he was also a very talented painter, and wrote serious poems expressing longing and loss. Learn more about this artist raised from poverty.
The Life and Work of William Blake William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757. He was a painter, poet and printmaker. His work did not become famous until after his death. He is now recognized as one of England's most creative and influential artists.
The Life of John Milton John Milton was one of the most educated and influential writers of the seventeenth century. He was born in London on December 9, 1608. Read on to learn more about his life as both a statesman and a poet.
The Life of Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats Kerouac's life was an interesting one to say the least. Celebrated as a great American author, he ended up dying at a young age from chronic liver disease. Read about his life and learn why he was known as the King of the Beats.
The Life of Ted Hughes Ted Hughes (August 17, 1930 – October 28, 1998) was Poet Laureate of England from 1984 until his death. The Times ranked him fourth on the list of Top 50 British Writers since 1945. He published numerous books of poetry, translations and children's fiction.
The Impact of Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was one of the most important poets of the mid-20th century. He was fundamental to the Beat movement and the Hippie revolution. From New York to San Francisco and around the world, Ginsberg challenged the establishment and opened minds.
Life of an American Poet: Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath is a famous American poet who is thought to have suffered from bipolar disorder. Learn more about her interesting life, and the poetry that made her famous.
Biography of EE Cummings When EE Cummings died in 1962, he was one of the world's most popular poets and certainly among the most original. Read more about his interesting life and how he developed his unique style.