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poetry is in stanzas prose is in paragraphs, or sentences
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The most basic answer might be: Prose is language that has as its primary goal the sharing of information. Poetry has as its primary goal the use of language itself as music. …There is no rule that says a given piece of writing MUST be one or the other. ______________ Sometimes the distinction is unclear. We have to live with it. Some prose letters of Emily Dickinson have been re-scanned in the form of verse; it's the way she wrote. If the intention of the author is given, the author's word should hold. Let's begin by setting aside certain features of language. Ordinary talk between ordinary people uses ordinary language. Verbs do what verbs do; nouns do what nouns do. This is what we learned in grade school. So, we set aside certain features of language. Rhyme, for example, is a quintessentially poetic feature of language and rarely do we use in ordinary language; when we do, we laugh because it sounds so unnatural. And, yet, when used purposefully, when called to the foreground of an incident of language, rhyme takes on the dimensions of beauty. We have, of course, stepped from mere language into realm of literature. Poetry and prose overlap considerably. There are, in fact, great traditions of poetic prose and prose poetry, so, on some level, it's foolish to imagine that there's a clear cut difference and never the twain shall meet. A scale must be properly drawn between them on which tendency associate towards one of the other. Organization of language (such as into stanzas) tends to associate with poetry, but there are, of course, exceptions. Lines, too, tend towards poetry; sentences toward prose. Meter tends toward poetry, but not extremely so. Metaphor, for example, is not commented on by the scale; it is accessible to both. And so on. Poetry versus Prose Poetry refers to poems, with or without rhyme schemes. Prose is writing a story,either fiction or nonfiction. Poetry and prose are both forms of expression in writing. Prose usually has fewer structural guidelines, and in some ways, that makes poetry more of an art form. Being able to express the same thought and image in fewer words, choosing more carefully, etc., makes poetry more difficult to master than prose. Poetry has rhythm, like a song. Poetry has cadence, like a drum. Poetry may rhyme but, I'm not wrong, When I say it can be ho hum. Poetry usually follows a set pattern, rhyme scheme and meter. It is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities. Prose is simply regular writing, like in a story, a letter, or regular speech. There are usually no patterns, just sentences and paragraphs. Prose writing most often follows standard rules in grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure. Poetry often doesn't, for expressive reasons, and every word, period, etc. is carefully chosen to say the most using the least words. Prose is the language of everyday speech, or the writing medium that mimics it. Poetry is a more refined or structured or rhythmic form of prose. Poetry has a shrinking readership. This is mainly because of competition from other media, but partly because poetry written in the last 50 years is perceived to have not been up to past standards. On the other hand, there is a lot of modern poetry that is quality. Whether or not the readership is going down in some circles, there are remarkable poets who have been active during the last 50 years, and hopefully will continue to be. Answer: Many definitions exist for poetry and for prose, and the characteristics are very blended and the border between them made very grey - the above answers are all correct, in a way. I, however, think that the difference between poetry and prose is that poetry ought to be written linearly whereas prose is that which is to be structured into paragraphs. Coleridge defined poetry as "the right words in the right order" and my father always said "maximal meaning in minimal wording", but I would reckon that this line/paragraph differentiation is the best way to separate. Merged Response In general terms, prose is the everyday language used by most speakers of a language. It is the language of this answer, and of the newspaper articles you read this morning. It is the language of most fiction, non-fiction, history and biography. You can see that the term is extremely broad and covers a great many different kinds of writing. Poetry is the use of many different elements of language to convey concepts and feelings in a way that is different from the frank relating of information. These elements include the sounds and rhythms of words and of groups of words. The rhythmic pattern of language is called prosody [not to be confused with the word prose, and not to be confused with the classic and over-worked forms like iambic pentameter]. Some poetry has strong structural components and some is free from obvious structural constraint. Because poets tend to hear and respond to the sounds, rhythms, cadence and structure of language, it has a great deal in common with music. Sometimes the distinction between prose and poetry is difficult to draw. You might say that poetry is more symbolic or that it makes more use of imagery, but all language is metaphorical and therefor symbolic in nature. The distinction probably does not matter, as long as the writer has something to say that you are willing to hear.
Both are composed of words organized in such a way to convey meaning. . Both follow the conventions of the craft.
Long story short. The difference is that with PROSE the rhythms varies more than poetry. The different beats and rhythms between POETRY and PROSE can easily te…ll them apart --- Poetry is a sample of literature written in verse or meter. It may or may not rhyme. It may or may not consist of stanzas. It can be sung, chanted, recited, spoken or written according to some measure or pattern of recurrence. It emphasizes the importance of sounds of words, not only meanings. --- Formerly, poetry could be distinguished from prose by the musical sound of it when recited or read aloud. Poetry used to be constructed according to forms and conventions such as rhyme and rhythm ( and in Classical languages, the play of long and short syllables ) and also it allowed a more flexible treatment of word order and grammar than prose allows. --- Prose is distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of day to day speech. The word prose comes from the Latin prosa, meaning straightforward, hence the term "prosaic," which is often seen as pejorative. Prose 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 whatever one's thoughts are, incorporated in free flowing speech. Poetry (from the Greek "poiesis," a "making" or "creating") is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems, or may occur in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns or lyrics. Poetry is all about conveying meaning without saying as much. It alludes rather than proclaim, it hints rather than describe. Suggestiveness is its soul. Poetry is like drawing a picture, a vivid imagery with words. Prose is like using a series of pictures to tell a story, or a story within a story. Prose can be lyrical, but for poetry that's an essential quality. *Edit (englishlearning): Read more about this difference in 'Manipulate Your Marker: A Proactive Approach to Success in the HSC' - find it at Dymocks and Angus & Robertson.
Prose and Poetry are alike and are similar because they are both lanaguages and you write about the same thing. EAMPLE : Say I am writing about softball. I would say for …prose a paragraph about the topic. Like : I was standing at home plate and the ball went bye but i was to scared to hit it. On the 3rd pitch i swung and missed and tears came down my cheak. So you write something like that. But for poetry you would write a poem about that paragraph.
Similarities? There is no difference, these days. Modern poetry is pure pedestrian prose artificially arranged on a page to resemble verse. Poetry used to be an art form requi…ring skill with words, such as the use use of rhyme and meter and elevated diction, but now there is none of that, and a poem is any assembly of every-day words that someone has decided to call a poem.
Prose never rhymes. Poetry's stanzas' formation is chosen by the poet. Proses' stanzas go all the way to the margin.
poetry often has a formal structure or even a cadence while you are reading it... it is a form of writing where the words are usually chosen more carefully and people are effe…ctively presenting it Prose is normal writing, and includes big novels or autobiographies, but can also just be an essay or a report. Basically it covers anything that is not poetry. Drama is usually a subset of prose, but is written for actors, so it is presented a little bit differently, with the characters identified, the setting explained, and interaction and camera notes (if applicable) included.drama includes feelings. The Greeks, Elizabethans, and others have written verse drama.
Prose is all other types of writing like stories, biographies, and journals. Poetry is in a class all by itself.
prose is a formed sentence but poetry is more rymised and styled.
Shakespeare wrote mostly in the form of poetry, known as an iambic pentameter. Prose is what most stories and novels are written in.
both are literature that seeks to express a point
Generally speaking, poetry is subject to some kind of structure, format, rhythm or rhyme scheme that is not applied to prose writing.
They are the same thing A poem rhymes, but a prose doesn't.
Not correct. Many poems are not rhymed.
Prose is detailed study on actual knowledge based study while poetry is only related to the intellectual property and thinking of an individual. we have to simple reading of p…hrase but in the poetry we have to use rhythm.
Prose usually does not use line breaks for literary effect.
Prose usually does not use line breaks for literary effect.