The history of literature follows closely the development of . When defined exclusively as written work, , along with are considered the world's . The primary of the literature of — texts, hymns and prayers, and tales—were almost entirely written in verse; while use of poetic devices is clearly recognisable, the of the verse is unknown.
However, there is one element that non-story literature emphasizes more than other forms of literature, and that is its organizational structure. Anon-story piece of literature usually is some kind of essay: either argumentative (trying to make a point) or explanatory (simply sharing facts).
A very brief history of literature highlights the following events. Before 500 B.C., there was almost no written literature. A few pieces of literature did exist on clay tablets or carved in stone--clay and stone were the first mediums of the writing arts. But most literature was still oral in those days: literature was part of an oral tradition. In fact, storytelling was a profession in more civilized ancient countries, and storytellers would make their living by memorizing great classics of myth, legend, and truth from each other, then repeating them to enraptured audiences.