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.
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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
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 that resembles poetry
a rhythmical prose employing the poetic devices of alliteration and assonance
nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression