Write Didactic Essay

For the teaching method, see Didactic method.

"Didactic" redirects here. For the album by Means End, see The Didact.

Didacticism is a philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature and other types of art.[1][2]


The term has its origin in the Ancient Greek word διδακτικός (didaktikos), "related to education and teaching", and signified learning in a fascinating and intriguing manner.[3]

Didactic art was meant both to entertain and to instruct. Didactic plays, for instance, were intended to convey a moral theme or other rich truth to the audience.[4][5] An example of didactic writing is Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism (1711), which offers a range of advice about critics and criticism. An example of didactism in music is the chant Ut queant laxis, which was used by Guido of Arezzo to teach solfege syllables.

Around the 19th century the term didactic came to also be used as a criticism for work that appears to be overburdened with instructive, factual, or otherwise educational information, to the detriment of the enjoyment of the reader (a meaning that was quite foreign to Greek thought). Edgar Allan Poe called didacticism the worst of "heresies" in his essay The Poetic Principle.


Some instances of didactic literature include:

  • Works and Days, by Hesiod (c. 700 BC)
  • On Horsemanship, by Xenophon (c. 350 BC)
  • The Panchatantra, by Vishnu Sarma (c. 300 BC)
  • De rerum natura, by Lucretius (c. 50 BC)
  • Georgics, by Virgil (c. 30 BC)
  • Ars Poetica by Horace (c. 18 BC)
  • Ars Amatoria, by Ovid (1 BC)
  • Thirukkural, by Thiruvalluvar (between 2nd century BC and 5th century AD)
  • Remedia Amoris, by Ovid (AD 1)
  • Medicamina Faciei Femineae, by Ovid (between 1 BC and AD 8)
  • Astronomica by Marcus Manilius (c. AD 14)
  • Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, by Seneca the Younger, (c. 65 AD)
  • Cynegetica, by Nemesianus (3rd century AD)
  • The Jataka Tales (Buddhist literature, 5th century AD)
  • Philosophus Autodidactus by Ibn Tufail (12th century)
  • Theologus Autodidactus by Ibn al-Nafis (1270s)
  • The Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phrygian (1480s)
  • The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan (1678)
  • Rasselas, by Samuel Johnson (1759)
  • The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (anonymous, 1765)
  • The Adventures of Nicholas Experience, by Ignacy Krasicki (1776)
  • The Water-Babies, by Charles Kingsley (1863)
  • If-, by Rudyard Kipling (1910)
  • Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse (1952)
  • Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder (1991)
  • Children's Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life. by F. J. Harvey Darton[6]

See also[edit]

Look up didacticism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.


Further reading[edit]

  • Glaisyer, Natasha and Sara Pennell. Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Reconstructed'.' (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2003).
  1. ^What’s Wrong with Didacticism? Academia.edu, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  2. ^Didactic Literature or Didacticism, University of Houston–Clear Lake, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  4. ^Didacticism in Morality Plays, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  5. ^Glossary of Literary Terms, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  6. ^Didacticism, Boston College Libraries, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013

How To Compose An Excellent Didactic Essay About Love

A didactic essay is designed to teach the reader about your subject. When writing an essay on love, you will want to write a paper teaching the reader about the subject. When you are working to explain the concept of love, you will want to come up with some specifics on the emotion. Examples will help you write this type of essay. Since it is such a complex emotion and there is no specific definition, this essay will express what love means to you. Here is some good advice on how to write this essay.

  • Start brainstorming
  • Start brainstorming characteristics of love and other words that you think of when expressing love. You will need to jot these ideas down and then work to create links between the various ideas. You can also include examples to make sure that you are able to link them to your ideas. It will help you explain the various ideas that you will express in your paper to explain the concept.

  • Create an outline
  • The outline is the most important part of the process. It is really important to make sure that you include this part. It will help you organize your thoughts and develop a paper that flows nicely. It is an essential way of making sure that things go well for your paper. If the ideas flow, then it will allow for a paper that reads well.

  • Get a second opinion
  • Have someone read your paper over to make sure that you are explaining your ideas effectively. It is a great way to ensure that you are making sense and that you are following through with your ideas. A second opinion is an effective way to make sure that everything is working together to prove your point.

  • Editing
  • The editing process is important too. Read the paper out loud to yourself and fix an errors. You want to make sure that you present the best possible paper.

When you are composing a didactic essay on love, you want to follow this advice to make sure that you are writing a solid paper that really expresses what love means to teach someone about it. It should be written in a way that expresses what love is and what it means to you. Make sure to include real-life examples to help explain it and make it realistic to your reader.


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