A literary masterpiece is a work of literature that is considered to be outstanding in terms of its artistry and technique, and is held in high esteem as an original work to be read and studied. A literary masterpiece ca... More »

The seven standards of literature are: artistry, intellectual value, spiritual values, suggestiveness, universality, style and permanence. While genre fiction may contain some of these things, writing that is considered ... More »

The Formalist approach to literature, or Formalism, is a broad branch of literary criticism that seeks to examine a text on its own terms, independent of the text's societal or authorial context. Formalism accomplishes t... More »

Oral literature is a term generally applied to spoken literary traditions such as folk tales, musical theater, proverbs, riddles, life histories, plays, proverbs, epic poems and historical recitations. Unlike written lit... More »

The Quran's origins as an oral text in which recitation and intonation were of utmost importance, and its style of interweaving revelations from various periods into its sections, are its greatest influences on literatur... More »

Doubling in literature occurs when a pair of characters can be described as two sides of the same coin, though one represents the evil or simply hedonistic side of the other. This concept may have originated in mythology... More »

The two divisions of literature are prose and poetry. While prose is written in a straightforward manner to appeal to the reader's intellect, poetry has a more rhythmic, imaginative tone used to awaken the reader's emoti... More »