English Composition Subject Guide


English composition is defined as the process of combining distinct parts or elements to form a whole essay, research paper, business correspondence, technical report, or literary work and the manner in which these elements are combined or related. The following are examples of composing in English composition classes:

  • The art or act of composing a literary work
  • The structure or organization of literature
  • A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise (an essay is a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative). 

Composition. (2007). In The Penguin English dictionary. Retrieved from Credo Reference.

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