Meaning of prose


Prose is so-called “ordinary writing” — made up of sentences and paragraphs, without any metrical (or rhyming) structure.

If you write, “I walked about all alone over the hillsides,” that’s prose. If you say, “I wondered lonely as a cloud/that floats on high o’er vales and hills” that’s poetry. See the difference? (Let’s not get into prose poetry!) From prose we get the term prosaic, meaning “ordinary” or “commonplace,” or lacking the specially delicacy and beauty of its supposed opposite — poetry.

Definitions of prose
  1. noun

    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

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    an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
    nonfiction, nonfictional prose

    prose writing that is not fictional
    interior monologue

    a literary genre that presents a fictional character’s sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
    stream of consciousness

    a literary genre that reveals a character’s thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
    prose poem

    prose that resembles poetry
    polyphonic prose

    a rhythmical prose employing the poetic devices of alliteration and assonance

    nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
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    genre, literary genre, writing style

    a style of expressing yourself in writing

  2. noun

    matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

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    expressive style, style

    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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