MODES OF LITERARY PRESENTATION: FOCUS ON THE AREAS OF DIVERGENCE
This paper examines the different modes of literary presentation. Literature which is said to be a way of literary expression is usually expressed in different literary ways. The thrust of this paper is to examine the three major different modes of literary presentation and to find out the factors that make for their individual differences. Each of these three major modes has its own characteristics which differentiate it from the others. The prose fiction for example, is usually in narrative form, drama appears in dialogue while poetry is usually in stanza form. To carry out this work effectively various works on Igbo literature in the related areas as well as literary works on the three major modes of literary presentation were studied by the researcher. The researcher actually observed that there are remarkable differences between these modes of literary presentation. These differences enable each mode to perform the functions which literature intends to perform. It is hoped that this work will be useful to the students of literature as well as to the literary scholars and critics.