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a person's account of his or her own life or part of it
autobiography
a long fictional story whose length is usually between one hundred and five hundred book pages
novel
a work of literature meant to be preformed for an audience by actors
drama
an exaggerated, far fetched story that is obviously untrue but is told as though it should be believed
tall tale
a play, novel, or other narrative in which the main character comes to an unhappy ending
tragedy
a song or songlike poem that tells a story
ballad
an account of a persons life or of part of it, written or told by another person
biography
a short piece of non fiction prose that examines a single subject
essay
a very short humorous or nonsensical poem
limerick
a kind of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our imagination
poetry
the kind of writing that gives or explains information
exposition
a story of extraordinary deeds that is handed down from one generation to the next
legend
dramatic work that is light and often humorous and that in general ends happily for the main characters
comedy
any writing that is not poetry
prose
a story that explains something about the world and typically involves gods or other supernatural forces
myth
a story that has no known author and was originally passed on from one generation to another by word of mouth
folk tale
a brief story told in prose or poetry that contains a moral, a practical lesson about how to get along in life
fable