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As a logical extension

Forgot about a tragedy, so I added it. -- 20:57, 3 September 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello. I notice you added tragedy to the template. If that's to be classed as a major literary form, you would also need to include Comedy and Drama. They are equivalent and comparable genres on the same scale as tragedy; I'm not sure that the Drama article really explains this in its present form, but the template ought to be pointing there at least so it has the opportunity to (drama as a genre being post-Diderot and drama as a mode since classical poetics; not sure the article narrates that distinction yet). Anyhow,
DionysosProteus 22:37, 3 September 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Convert to {sidebar} ?

I attempted to convert it to use ((sidebar)), plus alphabetized the contents, and split up the "History and lists" section, but I'm not sure if it's a clear (~100%) improvement. (Original on left, Conversion on right). I've copied the code below, for further tweaking attempts, or feedback. -- Quiddity (talk) 23:52, 14 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Major forms

Novel · Poem · Drama
Short story · Novella


Epic · Lyric · Drama
Nonsense · Romance · Satire
Tragedy · Comedy


Performance (play· Book


Prose · Verse

History and lists

Outline of literature
Index of terms
History · Modern history
Books · Writers
Literary awards · Poetry awards


Criticism · Theory · Magazines

Major Forms

The novella a major form? Really? The novel a major form, when it's only been around for 300 years? Drama is both a major form and a genre? Prose and poetry are "techiques"? Whatever is this list based on? Certainly not on 2,500 years of literary theory. This needs a serious rethink on the basis of authoritative works on the subject. I suggest starting with the fundamental division between Lyric, Drama and Epic. --Pfold (talk) 22:16, 13 February 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ghost Story

Would it be appropriate to add Ghost story to this template? CSJJ104 (talk) 22:15, 12 August 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The Classic of Rites was one of the Five Classics of Confucianism; it described social forms, ancient rites, and court ceremonies. - I fail to see how it has anything to do with what western notions of literature are about - JarrahTree 07:27, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2 years later and it was still there, I removed it, but then reverted myself, when I realised that I did not have a viable alternative - but looks like no one reads this talk page, it was even weirder to find the template sitting inside the comedy main page - very disjunctive.... JarrahTree 08:57, 11 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]