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“As Thoreau famously said, it doesn't matter where or how far you go - the farther commonly the
worse - the important thing is how alive you are. Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when
one has just fallen in love.”
― Pico Iyer
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Writing and Genres
One could say that
a plethora of genres of writing, some that come to mind rather quickly while
others that may not. But in most of its forms, writing may be separated
into two major forms: poetry and prose.
Whether a haiku or
verse, sonnet or epic, the poem has been a part of human literary history for
thousands of years and was likely first handed down through oral tradition
before the now more common and infinitely improved method of writing was invented.
Whether rhyming or otherwise, poetry in all its forms has been an enduring art
form and means of communicating both the universality of the human experience
in unique ways, including song.
understand that any writing which is not poetry is typically deemed
prose. This term is so all-encompassing, in fact, that it includes
fiction and nonfiction literature, news, advertising, film, philosophy,
law, and technical writing, just to name a few. Prose can be as short as
two words or as long as War and Peace or
the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act; the limits have not been plumbed.
Traditionally, it is in this category that most communication - written or
otherwise - is performed, and although only some prose may be tightly defined
as literary, The Literarian attempts to accept a wide range of prose,
including those that are experimental or genre-bending.
Explore our site:
you will find something you like and be slightly more enriched for reading the
experience. Although most of the works included here are formally
unpublished pieces, we believe that many of them are ripe for print, given a
little peer-review and rewriting. After all, what
worthwhile published pieces have not been drenched
with a writer's blood, sweat, and tears, proverbially speaking.
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