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Prose

Definition

Prose poetry is a type of poem that is a type of poem that does not use line breaks. The poem will resemble a short paragraph and can include the use of figures of speech, rhyme, assonance, imagery, and consonance. Examples of prose poetry include writings such as the Iliad and the Odyssey. There are slight pauses when a person is reading the poem but it is hard to tell where the actual end of the line is.

A prose poem can be anywhere from a half of a page to four pages in length. The poem does not necessarily have to follow a specific rhyme pattern but many writers do add rhyme to their poetry. There is no specific mater that a writer has to follow. It may be hard to tell a prose poem apart from other prose writing. A person may have to read several prose poems before they are able to identify or write them correctly. 

Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. The word prose comes from the Latin prosa, meaning straightforward. This describes the type of writing that prose embodies, unadorned with obvious stylistic devices. Prose writing is usually adopted for the description of facts or the discussion of ideas. Thus, it may be used for newspapers, magazines, novels, encyclopedias, screenplays, films, philosophy, letters, essays, history, biography and many other forms of media.


[n] ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
[n] matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

Example

A Port is a delightful place of rest for a soul weary of life's battles. The vastness of the sky, the mobile architecture of the clouds, the changing coloration of the sea, the twinkling of the lights, are a prism marvellously fit to amuse the eyes without ever tiring them. The slender shapes of the ships with their complicated rigging, to which the surge lends harmonious oscillations, serve to sustain within the soul the taste for rhythm and beauty. Also, and above all, for the man who of mysterious and aristocratic pleasure in contemplating, while lying on the belvedere or resting his elbows on the jetty-head, all these movements of men who are leaving and men who are returning, of those who still have the strength to will, the desire to travel or to enrich themselves.

--Charles Baudelaire--

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