A poem is different from a novel or a newspaper article - and a novel is different from a play or an academic essay or an ad. In a way, the genre already determines many aspects of the writing. However writers have also always tried to undermine the existing conventions as well as to redefine genres in new ways according to their time, culture, and concrete situation. Most good writing does NOT follow a given recipe. In fact, experimenting with different genres often produces very interesting - and innovative - results. Experimenting with different genres can also be, of course, a lot of fun. Just try it out: pick your favorite genre - and write something in it - and modify or break all the rules you wish to modify or break in the process. Have fun playing! And please feel free to post your pieces here! (Optional!) Thank you!
Most genres can be subdivided into sub-genres. The sub-genres of poetry, for example, include: haiku, ghazal, renga, sonnet, villanelle, ode, elegy, ballad, limerick, and free verse.
Like many other genres, essays come in various forms as well. Among the forms most widely used are:
1) The High-School Essay
2) The Academic Essay
3) The LIterary Essay
4) The General-Interest Essay
For a brief characteristic of each of these 4 forms, please see:https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxndWRydW5kcmVoZXJ8Z3g6MzgzMDA0MzFjMmQwZTZhYQ
Please surf the internet a bit and find one (or more) interesting and/or inspiring academic essay or general-interest essay and post the link here in this section so that others can read that particular essay as well. Thank you!
3. Modes of Discourse
Very popular in writing classes: a focus on the Modes of Discourse. If you are unfamiliar with them, please see:
If you feel like doing some more, please write a passage in each mode (or at least in some of them) and post your work here! (optional)