Prose Poetry Definition

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.

Prose poetry is usually considered a form of poetry written in prose that breaks some of the normal rules associated with prose discourse, for heightened imagery or emotional effect, among other purposes. Arguments continue about whether prose poetry is actually a form of poetry or a form of prose (or a separate genre altogether). Like poetry (intense, sculpted) but without line breaks.


Prose poetry is a type of poetry which is written in a prose format instead of using verse. This type of poetry is written in prose but still retains the qualities of verse poetry, such as vivid imagery and emotional effect. This type of poetry isn't quite prose on its own but isn't quite poetry as well, but is rather a unique mix of the two mediums. A prose poem may be written about any one subject that the author chooses, but is written in a different form than most poems are written, focusing more on a prose style over a traditional poetry style. This form of poetry should be considered an entire genre of its own, not fitting into a complete prose category nor a complete poetry category. This style of poem is somewhat difficult to write, though is enjoyed by many for its unique form, flow, and storytelling ability. 

Prose Poetry Poem Example

The Port
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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 Poetry Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem I Think Of You - An Alternative Universe - 6 Yvonne, Maurice Prose Poetrybest friend, cute love,
Premium Member Poem She read me Dr Seuss Eszes, Drake Prose Poetrychildhood, family, funny, life,
Premium Member Poem I DANCE White, Darren Prose Poetryabuse, dance, music, pain,
Premium Member Poem Best Man Eszes, Drake Prose Poetryfeelings, goodbye, happiness, humor,
Premium Member Poem Hope, A Little Remained Lindley, Robert Prose Poetryanxiety, dark, emotions, fate,

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