Literature

Old book bindings at a library

Literature is a group of works of art made up of words. Most are written, but some are passed on by word of mouth. Literature usually means works of poetry and prose that are especially well written.[1] There are many different kinds of literature, such as poetry, plays, or novels. They can also be put into groups through their language, historical period, origin, genre, and subject.[1] The word literature comes from the Latin word "learning, writing, grammar".[2]

Most of the earliest works were epic poems. Epic poems are long stories or myths about adventures. Ramayana and Mahabharta, two Indian epics, are still read today. Odyssey and Iliad are two famous Greek poems by Homer. They were passed down through speaking and written down around the 8th century BC.

Literature can also mean imaginative or creative writing, which is looked at for its artistic value.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Letterkunde
Alemannisch: Literatur
አማርኛ: ሥነ ጽሑፍ
العربية: أدب
aragonés: Literatura
armãneashti: Literaturâ
arpetan: Litèratura
অসমীয়া: সাহিত্য
asturianu: Lliteratura
Aymar aru: Qullasïwi
azərbaycanca: Ədəbiyyat
تۆرکجه: ادبیات
বাংলা: সাহিত্য
Bân-lâm-gú: Bûn-ha̍k
Basa Banyumasan: Sastra
башҡортса: Әҙәбиәт
беларуская: Літаратура
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Літаратура
भोजपुरी: साहित्य
български: Литература
Boarisch: Literatua
bosanski: Književnost
brezhoneg: Lennegezh
буряад: Удха зохёол
català: Literatura
Чӑвашла: Литература
Cebuano: Katitikan
čeština: Literatura
Cymraeg: Llenyddiaeth
dansk: Litteratur
Deutsch: Literatur
ދިވެހިބަސް: އަދަބިއްޔާތު
eesti: Kirjandus
Ελληνικά: Λογοτεχνία
English: Literature
español: Literatura
Esperanto: Literaturo
estremeñu: Literatura
euskara: Literatura
فارسی: ادبیات
Fiji Hindi: Literature
føroyskt: Bókmentir
français: Littérature
Frysk: Literatuer
furlan: Leterature
Gaeilge: Litríocht
Gaelg: Lettyraght
Gàidhlig: Litreachas
galego: Literatura
贛語: 文學
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Vùn-ho̍k
한국어: 문학
Hawaiʻi: Moʻokalaleo
हिन्दी: साहित्य
hrvatski: Književnost
Ilokano: Literatura
Bahasa Indonesia: Sastra
interlingua: Litteratura
Interlingue: Literatura
íslenska: Bókmenntir
italiano: Letteratura
עברית: ספרות
Basa Jawa: Sastra
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ
Kapampangan: Literatura
къарачай-малкъар: Адабият
ქართული: ლიტერატურა
कॉशुर / کٲشُر: اَدَب
kaszëbsczi: Lëteratura
қазақша: Әдебиет
Kinyarwanda: Ubuvanganzo
Kiswahili: Fasihi
Kreyòl ayisyen: Literati
kurdî: Wêje
Кыргызча: Адабият
Ladino: Literatura
лакку: Адабият
Latina: Litterae
latviešu: Literatūra
Lëtzebuergesch: Literatur
lietuvių: Literatūra
Limburgs: Literatuur
Lingua Franca Nova: Leteratur
Livvinkarjala: Kirjalližus
magyar: Irodalom
मैथिली: साहित्य
македонски: Книжевност
Malagasy: Haisoratra
മലയാളം: സാഹിത്യം
मराठी: साहित्य
მარგალური: ლიტერატურა
Bahasa Melayu: Kesusasteraan
Baso Minangkabau: Sastra
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ùng-hŏk
Mirandés: Literatura
монгол: Утга зохиол
မြန်မာဘာသာ: စာပေ
Nederlands: Literatuur
Nedersaksies: Literatuur
नेपाली: साहित्य
नेपाल भाषा: साहित्य
日本語: 文学
Napulitano: Litteratura
нохчийн: Литература
Nordfriisk: Literatuur
norsk: Litteratur
norsk nynorsk: Litteratur
Nouormand: Littéthatuthe
Novial: Literature
occitan: Literatura
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Adabiyot
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸਾਹਿਤ
پنجابی: ساہت
Papiamentu: Literatura
Patois: Lichicha
Перем Коми: Лыддьӧтан
Picard: Litérature
Piemontèis: Literatura
Plattdüütsch: Literatur
polski: Literatura
português: Literatura
Qaraqalpaqsha: A'debiyat
română: Literatură
Runa Simi: Simi kapchiy
русиньскый: Література
русский: Литература
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱥᱟᱶᱦᱮᱫ
Scots: Leeteratur
shqip: Letërsia
sicilianu: Littiratura
سنڌي: ادب
slovenčina: Literatúra
slovenščina: Književnost
Soomaaliga: Suugaan
کوردی: وێژە
српски / srpski: Књижевност
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Književnost
Basa Sunda: Sastra
svenska: Litteratur
Tagalog: Panitikan
Taqbaylit: Tasekla
татарча/tatarça: Әдәбият
తెలుగు: సాహిత్యం
тоҷикӣ: Адабиёт
Türkçe: Edebiyat
Türkmençe: Edebiýat
українська: Література
اردو: ادب
Vahcuengh: Vwnzyoz
vèneto: Łiteratura
Tiếng Việt: Văn học
Võro: Kirändüs
文言: 文學
Winaray: Panuratan
Wolof: Njàngat
吴语: 文學
Xitsonga: Vutsari
ייִדיש: ליטעראטור
粵語: 文學
Zazaki: Edebiyat
Zeêuws: Literatuur
žemaitėška: Literatūra
中文: 文學