Prose Definition

Poetry Definition of Prose

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.

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--

Top 5 Prose Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Old man One, Silent Proseangst, dark, life,
Premium Member Poem Adrift in fiction One, Silent Proseanalogy, appreciation, books,
Premium Member Poem Silent Goodbye One, Silent Proseabsence, i miss you,
Premium Member Poem Pathway to love One, Silent Proselonging, love,
Premium Member Poem I'm just a man One, Silent Proseabsence, lost love, love

Standard Definition

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


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Misc. Definitions

\Prose\, n. [F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward, straight on, for proversus; pro forward + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See {Verse}.]
1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition. I speak in prose, and let him rymes make. --Chaucer. Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. --Milton. I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry, that is; prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best order. --Coleridge.
2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
3. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See {Sequence}.
\Prose\, a.
1. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
2. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
\Prose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prosing}.]
1. To write in prose.
2. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
\Prose\, v. i.
1. To write prose. Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter. --Milton.

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