One of the most striking aspects of classical literature is its highly developed sense of genre. We too distinguish broad categories of poetry, prose, and drama, but also sub-genres especially within the novel, now the most popular literary form such as crime, romantic or historical fiction. We do the same in other creative media, such as film, with thrillers, horrors, westerns, and so on. But classical authors were arguably even more aware than writers of genre fiction are today what forms and conventions applied to the genre they were writing in.
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Since at least the 18th century Italy in French and German as well as English , grotesque has come to be used as a general adjective for the strange, mysterious, magnificent, fantastic, hideous, ugly, incongruous, unpleasant, or disgusting, and thus is often used to describe weird shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks. In art, performance, and literature, however, grotesque may also refer to something that simultaneously invokes in an audience a feeling of uncomfortable bizarreness as well as sympathetic pity. More specifically, the grotesque forms on Gothic buildings , when not used as drain-spouts, should not be called gargoyles , but rather referred to simply as grotesques, or chimeras. The English word first appears in the s as a noun borrowed from French, and comes originally from the Italian grottesca literally "of a cave" from the Italian grotta , 'cave'; see grotto ,  an extravagant style of ancient Roman decorative art rediscovered at Rome at the end of the fifteenth century and subsequently imitated. The word was first used of paintings found on the walls of basements of ruins in Rome that were called at that time le Grotte 'the caves'. These 'caves' were in fact rooms and corridors of the Domus Aurea , the unfinished palace complex started by Nero after the Great Fire of Rome in CE 64, which had become overgrown and buried, until they were broken into again, mostly from above. Spreading from Italian to the other European languages, the term was long used largely interchangeably with arabesque and moresque for types of decorative patterns using curving foliage elements.
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Nowadays the list of possible types and literature genres can seem endless. But it is still possible to narrow down the vast amount of literature available into a few basic groups. The five genres of literature students should be familiar with are Poetry, Drama, Prose, Nonfiction, and Media —each of which is explained in more detail below. This is often considered the oldest form of literature.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Genres of Literature Genres of literature are important to learn about. The two main categories separating the different genres of literature are fiction and nonfiction.