Literature is the collection of written works, one of the most expansive art forms available to most sentient cultures. Literature includes:

  • Poetry

Poetry is a form of literary art which uses the aesthetic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to the prosaic literal meaning. Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical effects.

Poetry is still practised in the 55th Millennium, and with the advent of cultural meetings between poets, new forms of Poetry using literary styles not considered before have become far more prominent. For example, Knesp Third Click has become a prominent language of which Terran Poetry is based around using its unconventional phonetic spellings pronunciations and spellings of words. Old Terran Poetry depicting the Romanticism movement is also very popular among Zaltiel and Knesp populations, who tend to have a greater degree of respect for more 'soft poetry'.

  • Prose

Prose is the most typical form of language, applying ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure (as in traditional poetry). While there are critical debates on the construction of prose, its simplicity and loosely defined structure has led to its adoption for the majority of spoken dialogue, conversation and fictional and topical writing. It is commonly used in literature and media such as newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, films and encyclopaedias.

Novels, essays, short stories, and works of criticism are examples of prose.

  • Theatre

Theatre is a form of art and literature that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance. Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the experience of immediacy and personality. Theatre today includes performances of plays and musicals. Although it can be defined broadly to include opera and ballet, those forms are usually outside the more narrow scope of 'Theatre'.

  • Essays

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.

In many parts of the Galaxy, particularly the Terran Sphere, essays have become a major part of formal education. Students are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills, and admission essays are often used by universities in selecting applicants and, in the humanities and social sciences, as a way of assessing the performance of students during final exams. The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other mediums beyond writing, as well. In Knesp Education systems oral essays are used, to show how the Knesp has developed communication skills and the ability to become a confident and headstrong leader, be it science, politics or military.