Kinds of Essay

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An Essay is a piece of writing which is often written from an author's personal point of view. Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author. The definition of an essay is vague, overlapping with those of an article and a short story. Almost all modern essays are written in prose, but works in verse have been dubbed essays (e.g. Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism and An Essay on Man). While brevity usually defines an essay, voluminous works like John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population are counterexamples.

TYPES OF ESSAY

The Expository Essay
The main function of the expository essay is to explain, or to acquaint your reader with something; it can be used to describe, explain or present some information. The Informal Essay
The informal essay is a type of essay written mainly for enjoyment. The Review
A review may be either formal or informal, depending on the context. The Research Essay
The research essay leads you into the works of others and asks you to compare their thoughts with your own. The Literary Essay
In the literary essay, you are exploring the meaning and construction of a piece of literature The Argumentative Essay
The art of argumentation is not an easy skill to acquire. Many people might think that if one simply has an opinion, one can argue it effectively, and these folks are always surprised when others don't agree with them because their logic seems so correct. The Cause and Effect Essay

The cause and effect essay includes some elements of writing that might be considered more professional than those a descriptive or narrative essay might include The Comparison and Contrast Essays

The main purpose and function of compare and contrast essays is obvious – to find similarities and dissimilarities between two or more...
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