Literature: Words for Literature and Their Meanings

Dictionary: a book that lists and explains the words of a language.

Didactic: a story intending to teach a moral lesson.

Dirge: a song sung at a burial.

Epic: A long poem about the actions of great men or women or the nation’s history.

Elegy: a mournful poem, typically a lament for a dead person.

Encyclopedia: a book or a set of books giving information on many subjects.

Epigram: a short, witty poem.

Epistle: a book of new evidence in the form of a letter from an apostle (person who strongly supports a policy).

Epitaph: words inscribed on the tomb of a person; words written in memory of a dead person.

Fable: an animal story with a moral.

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