Friday, 21 June 2013

Poetry & Prose

When I was at college, which as most of you know wasn’t that long ago, I was always understanding that there was poetry, there was Prose, and there was normal writing. How wrong could I be? There is poetry and there is prose. If it isn’t poetic its prose whether it be a very well written eulogy or a story in the SUN it is prose.

Prose is a form of language which applies ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure (as in traditional poetry). While there are critical debates on the construction of prose, its simplicity and loosely defined structure has led to its adoption for the majority of spoken dialogue, factual discourse as well as topical and fictional writing. It is commonly used, for example, in literature, newspapers, magazines, encyclopaedias, broadcasting, film, history, philosophy, law and many other forms of communication.

So prose can be poetic as poetry can be prosaic, but the basic idea is that poetry is poetry and prose is any other writing.

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