Literary fragments may comprise:
- works inadvertently left unfinished or never completed by their authors
- surviving extracts of larger works subsequently lost as wholes
- works deliberately constructed as fragmentary pieces
The deliberately undeveloped literary fragment played an especially important role in literary Romanticism. German literature of the Romantic period has left many such fragments. In English literature, note Coleridge's unfinished (but published as a fragment in 1816) "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment" .
- von Wilpert, Gero (1969) . Sachwörterbuch der Literatur, [Dictionary of Literary Concepts]. Kröners Taschenausgabe (in German) 231 (5 ed.). Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner. p. 268.
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