These are art forms which are essentially language based.
This would include poetry, prose and even writing songs or
simply couplets. The nature of language art makes it very
distinct from other art forms like visual and performing
In schools and other educational institutions, language
arts often sport the title of ‘English Studies’ and
incorporate vocabulary and grammar along with literature.
Institutions also emphasize on testing the language skills
of students (reading as well as writing). This is true not
only for English, but also other languages which form a part
of the curriculum.
In a nutshell, language art boils down to the study and
creation of literature. ‘Literature’ – literally means
“acquaintance with letters” (Oxford Dictionary definition)
and comes from the Latin word ‘littera’ meaning “an
individual written character”.
Language Arts is a collective name for its many sub-parts.
An insight into these divisions is sure to give the reader
some amount of clarity about what exactly this title
signifies. ‘Poetry’ is composed in verses. It may or may not
have a rhyme scheme depending solely on whether or not the
poet is a stickler for it. Digital poetry has recently
become renowned. Apart from poetry, there is ‘prose’ which
is also sub-divided into categories of it’s own like plays
and essays. Plays are generally written in dialogue form,
that is, conversation between characters, and are usually
transformed into the visual art of theatre also called
drama. An essay consists of an author’s point of view or his
creative outlook on a certain topic. Short stories are part
of prose as are much longer ones which make novels. A
‘novella’ is an intermediate (lengthwise) between a short
story and a novel.
Other books like encyclopedias or those on subjects like
science, psychology, history and comic books are also termed
as literature, and are very much products of language art.