Definition of Anthology along with Types, Making & Intrinsic Elements

Anthology – Connoisseurs of literary works may often hear general terms or foreign terms from anthologies, anthologies and proceedings. This term is then closely related to the writing of a book or a literary work. As ordinary people, of course we still don’t understand these terms. Of course curiosity about science that drives us to generate curiosity.

In this discussion, we will discuss the meaning of anthology thoroughly along with the definitions of anthology of rasa, anthology of poetry, and anthology of short stories.

Definition of Anthology

The word anthology comes from the Greek meaning “collection of flowers” and “garland”. An anthology functions as a collection of literary works by several authors. Meanwhile, according to the Big Indonesian Dictionary, anthology then comes from which means a collection of selected written works from several authors. In addition, an anthology can also be interpreted as a poem on the struggle of the Indonesian people which has been translated into English.

Understanding the Anthology from the Side

When viewed from various sides, the anthology then has many explanations. Below are some definitions of anthology from various angles.

1. Linguistic side

An anthology functions as a collection of selected literary works, whether in the form of poetry, short stories, or prose.

2. The Literary Side

Anthology as a collection of selected literary works from several writers or authors. The term anthology itself is then often found in literary works, examples of anthologies include essay anthologies, rasa anthologies, poetry anthologies, and short story anthologies.

Terms Related to Anthology

Some terms related to anthology, including:

1. Proceedings

Proceedings function as a collection of papers which are then recorded. Proceedings themselves focus on the academic field.

2. Potpourri

Anthology in the Big Indonesian Dictionary (KBBI), anthology functions as a collection of literary works of various kinds of books. The anthology itself focuses on one particular discussion.

3. Omnibus

Omnibus as a collection of writings by the author or authors which have been published widely and then put together again. Returning to bookkeeping is the meaning of the term omnibus. Omnibus itself comes from the word omnibus which means “for all”.

4. Compendium

Compendium according to the Big Indonesian Dictionary compendium/kom·pen·di·um/ /kompendium/ or can also mean a solid scientific essay. As a collection of writings that focus on discussing an overview of related writing themes.

Types of Anthologies

There are several types of anthologies that you need to know about, starting from the Literary Anthology where the anthologies then collect various writings from various versions which can be published on radio, news, or television. Short story anthologies, poetry anthologies, there are even examples of essay anthologies that are still classified as literary works as well as Academic Anthologies, here below is a more complete explanation.

1. Literary Anthology

Literary anthologies are the authors or authors of a literary work which then collects various kinds of writings in many versions, such as news, television or news. In addition, literary anthologies are the type of anthology that most people have heard of.

Examples of literary anthologies, such as short story anthologies, poetry anthologies, and essay anthologies. Most of the later literary anthologies have specific genres in the books of the author’s works, such as comedy, romance, criticism, and so on. This is because all the contents are then arranged in a structured and neater manner.

2. Academic Anthology

Academic anthology is a type of anthology that focuses on academic fields. In other words, an academic anthology as a structured collection of books in a field of education.

The anthology makers then look for written references from a variety of different points of view, then collect them into one book. This anthology itself is divided into two, namely theoretical and practical.

For theoretical academic writing materials that are chosen by themselves must contain concepts, theory developments, principles, views, and so on. In academic terms, then practicing the material must contain writing procedures in response to a problem in a work. In addition, it must contain how to analyze cases, and handle practical activities. That way, it can be said that an academic anthology is for academic practical theory, so that it must then contain various practical implications and theoretical aspects.

Anthology Creation

From the point of view of collecting his works, there are two ways to create an anthology.

1. Open Anthology Announcements

The first step that can be taken to create an anthology is to open anthology announcements to the general public. In this way, everyone will be free to submit their work. Usually this step is much easier because it is shaped like a competition or promotion.

2. Sending Invitations to Authors or Authors

The second step is to send limited invitations to writers whose writing characteristics are known. Through this step, the process required is to select works, so that it saves time and energy.

Whichever method is chosen will then be the main thing the organizers need to pay attention to in an anthology theme that is desired.

Things to Watch Out for Anthology Makers

Here are some tips that can be done for anthology organizers.

  • Prepare yourself to then read dozens or even hundreds of incoming manuscripts. You have to stay focused on the process in order to eventually collect and display the best works.
  • Establish a clear and organized manuscript submission format. This will then be very helpful in a manuscript selection process.
  • Determine the right time in terms of editing or completing a manuscript. Every writer himself would want their works to be published immediately. But don’t let this rush you into the process of making this anthology.
  • Use a good and special title, so that it will attract readers to the work.
  • Looking for positive comments from popular writers. This method is then used as a marketing strategy
  • The final step to use is to find a suitable publisher.

Meanwhile, for writers, anthologies are a great opportunity to work. To be able to take part in an anthology project, make sure you have worthy work. This anthology is then used to collect the works of many people, so that the works that must be obtained are considered equal or better than other works.

The better the work one has, the more likely the work will be selected later, even becoming the main source of work in the anthology. In addition, write poetry or prose according to the specified theme. Usually anthology works then have a certain theme. Don’t write on various themes so that we can produce a work with a specific theme and have a deeper meaning.

About the Poetry Anthology

The definition of an anthology of poetry is a collection of literary works in the form of poetry which is recorded in a book from many author’s references. Poetry anthology itself includes works in the form of poems, verses, rhymes, which are collected into one. Anthology itself is defined as a collection of poems which are recorded and produced by several poets.

The purpose of this anthology is to make it easier for readers to find references to the works of certain authors. In addition, it also functions in collecting literary works from various authors. The Poetry Anthology itself has characteristics, such as consisting of many poems, written by one or more authors, the selected literary works are selected literary works, and have complex themes.

Intrinsic Elements of Poetry Anthology

The Intrinsic Elements of Poetry Anthology are the same as other literary works, poetry also has elements that then build in it. These elements are the main core in building an anthology including this example of an anthology of poetry:

1. Theme

The first element of an anthology is the theme, this building element is one of the most important. This theme can then be interpreted that an anthology must contain the ideas that are the subject of discussion.

It can also contain the essence of the work that the author wants to convey. This idea then becomes the basis for the anthology to be able to book in a structured manner. Examples of poetry anthologies include love, history, life and others.

2. Typography

Typography is a sequence or arrangement of elements of a poem that are neatly arranged to form the physical form of the poem. Typography generally relates to arrays, stanzas, words, phrases, and so on.

3. Tone

Tone as an anthology of poetry is the attitude of the author or poet to the audience, readers, and listeners of his literary works. This tone is then created to influence the various feelings and emotions of the audience which contains various advice, as well as other important values.

4. Mandate

Mandate as a message contained in the poem conveyed by the poet to the audience. The message here can then be in the form of various motivations, the core of the discussion and so on.

5. Enjambment

In a poetry anthology, there is enjambment which means the repetition of phrases or sentences in a line of poetry which are then derived from the sentence at the end of the previous line. The function of the Enjambment itself includes providing control and bait or certain parts in a work of poetry and as a liaison between one part and another or more precisely between before and after.

6. Feelings

Feelings can also be referred to as feeling, an element of analogy that is channeled from the poet’s or author’s attitude towards the theme he makes poetry. For example sad, caring, love, and others.

7. Rhyme and Rhythm

In the sense of poetry anthology there are rhythm and rhyme. Rima is the sound equation at the beginning of the poem, in the middle, or at the end of the poem. While the rhythm is Long – short, high – low, strong – weak sound in poetry.

8. Image

Image as a picture of the poet’s imagination or wishful thinking, in every picture of the poet’s wishful thinking or known as the poet’s image

9. Language Style

Style of language as a thing that is quite important in the preparation of an anthology. This style of language is used to make it easier for readers or audiences to absorb these works. The style of language that can be used in an anthology of poetry, such as a figure of speech or figure of speech.

10. Diction

Diction as a selection of words which are then used by the author in making a literary work.

11. Aquiliric

In the sense of an anthology of poetry, an anthology must then include an aquiliric element. Akulirik is a figure that plays a role in a work of poetry.

12. Concrete Words

Concrete words can contain various correct word usages, as well as good diction and meaningful denotations and connotations from the poet in making a work.

Thus the discussion on anthologies, starting from the definition of anthologies to the making of anthologies. Hopefully all of the material above can be useful or even able to make a literary anthology. Matobers can find various books related to anthologies at With books from Sinaumedia, you can become #MoreWithReading.

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