Across High School students, the two words “Essay” and “Composition” are synonymous and therefore can be used interchangeably. However, students are right to some extent as “An essay is a type of composition”. Strictly speaking though, there is a huge difference between an essay and a composition.
We tend to use an essay when we are thinking of a literary (yes, in Literature) composition that is describing, discussing, arguing, analyzing, or evaluating a certain topic or an issue. Thus, an essay can be descriptive, narrative, argumentative, expository, persuasive and discursive.
It is a piece of creative work, where a given language is used in the formation of a literary piece such as poetry, prose, drama, short story, novel, music, or free verse, to mention a few.
There are rules and regulations, however, that one needs to follow in the creation of either an essay or a composition.
|A short piece of literary writing.||A piece of creative work.|
|A type of composition. It is a mini-composition.||Some and not all compositions are essays.|
|It is typically a combination of facts and figures; personal and opinions as well as ideas of the writer.||A Composition can be prose or verse (poetry).|
|This is a type commonly used for academic writing.||It can be both academically or for public consumption.|
|Examples include argumentative, descriptive, expository, discursive and narrative.||Examples include a novel, poetry, essay on drama, a piece of music, research paper.|
|Typically made up three parts: introduction; Body paragraphs and a Conclusion||Typically made up three parts: introduction; Body paragraphs (maybe longer) and a Conclusion|
|Typically made up three parts: introduction; body paragraphs and a conclusion.||There are rules and regulations intended for the creation of that particular literary form|
|It often explores a given topic, often analytically|
|It is based on your thinking, that of others or both.|
|It is often based on information from multiple sources.|
Now that you know what an essay is, and what a composition is; let us further explore how a student can write a brilliant essay in English at High School. This is the subject of my next two posts:
Essential Skills For Academic Writing Style In English@High School
Hints On Writing A Good To Excellent Essay In English Literature
Until then, be the best you can be.