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National Essay Day

February 28, 2023 All day

February 28th is National Essay Day!

The essay is a form of writing that has a long history, dating back to ancient times. The word “essay” comes from the French word “essayer,” which means “to try” or “to attempt.” The first known examples of the essay form were written by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used it as a means of philosophical and moral reflection.

In the Middle Ages, essays were used primarily for religious and theological purposes, but by the Renaissance, the essay had become a popular form of literary expression. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the essay was used to explore a wide range of topics, from politics and religion to science and philosophy. Some of the most famous essayists of this time include Michel de Montaigne and Francis Bacon.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the essay became an important vehicle for literary and cultural criticism, with writers such as Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, and Ralph Waldo Emerson using the form to explore and critique the social and political issues of their time.

Today, the essay remains a popular form of writing, used by scholars, journalists, and other writers to explore a wide range of topics and issues. The form has evolved over time, and now includes a wide range of sub-genres, from the personal essay to the academic essay, and from the literary essay to the journalistic essay.

On this day, we take a moment to appreciate a well written essay and the importance of knowing how to write one!

Happy National Essay Day!