aesthetics  →
being  →
complexity  →
database  →
enterprise  →
ethics  →
fiction  →
history  →
internet  →
knowledge  →
language  →
licensing  →
linux  →
logic  →
method  →
news  →
perception  →
philosophy  →
policy  →
purpose  →
religion  →
science  →
sociology  →
software  →
truth  →
unix  →
wiki  →
essay  →
feed  →
help  →
system  →
wiki  →
critical  →
discussion  →
forked  →
imported  →
original  →
[ temporary import ]
please note:
- the content below is remote from Wikipedia
- it has been imported raw for GetWiki
{{About|the language form|legal term uses|Pro se| the American author|Francine Prose}}{{literature}}Prose is a form or technique of language that exhibits a natural flow of speech and grammatical structure. Novels, textbooks and newspaper articles are all examples of prose. The word prose is frequently used in opposition to traditional poetry, which is language with a regular structure with a common unit of verse based on metre and/or rhyme. However, as T. S. Eliot noted, while "the distinction between verse and prose is clear, the distinction between poetry and prose is obscure";Eliot T S 'Poetry & Prose: The Chapbook' Poetry Bookshop London 1921 developments in modern literature, including free verse and prose poetry, have led to the two techniques indicating two ends on a spectrum of ways to compose language, as opposed to two discrete options.


Prose in its simplicity and loosely defined structure is broadly adaptable to spoken dialogue, factual discourse, and to topical and fictional writing. It is systematically produced and published within literature, journalism (including newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting), encyclopedias, film, history, philosophy, law, and in almost all forms and processes requiring human communications.


The word "prose" first appears in English in the 14th century. It is derived from the Old French prose, which in turn originates in the Latin expression prosa oratio (literally, straightforward or direct speech).WEB, prose (n.), Online Etymology Dictionary, 19 January 2015,weblink


{{History of literature by region or country}}Isaac Newton in The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms wrote "The Greek Antiquities are full of Poetical Fictions, because the Greeks wrote nothing in Prose, before the Conquest of Asia by Cyrus the Persian. Then Pherecydes Scyrius and Cadmus Milesius introduced the writing in Prose."BOOK, Newton, Isaac, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended,weblink Gutenberg, 19 January 2015, The websiteweblink later wrote, in response, "Of course Newton did not discover any law of linguistic nature mandating that no matter how freeform, spontaneous, or unstructured a literary statement may be, it will always contain poetic elements, just as non-ionized elements will always contain electrons; the best prose contains the greatest poetic charge outputted by the smallest poetic effort."WEB, The Etymology of Prose,weblink Prose., 2016-02-24,


Prose lacks the more formal metrical structure of verse that can be found in traditional poetry. Prose comprises full grammatical sentences, which then constitute paragraphs while overlooking aesthetic appeal, whereas poetry often involves a metrical and/or rhyming scheme. Some works of prose contain traces of metrical structure or versification and a conscious blend of the two literature formats known as prose poetry. Verse is considered to be more systematic or formulaic, whereas prose is the most reflective of ordinary (often conversational) speech. On this point, Samuel Taylor Coleridge jokingly requested that novice poets should know the "definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose—words in their best order; poetry—the best words in their best order."WEB,weblink Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913), University of Chicago reconstruction., 2010-01-31, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-07-10, {{Quotation| Monsieur Jourdain asked for something to be written in neither verse nor prose. A philosophy master replied there is no other way to express oneself than with prose or verse, for the simple reason being that everything that is not prose is verse, and everything that is not verse is prose. Molière, Le Bourgeois GentilhommeWEB,weblink Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, English translation accessible via Project Gutenberg, 2010-01-31, }}{{Quotation|... I believe a story can be wrecked by a faulty rhythm in a sentence— especially if it occurs toward the end—or a mistake in paragraphing, even punctuation. Henry James is the maestro of the semicolon. Hemingway is a first-rate paragrapher. From the point of view of ear, Virginia Woolf never wrote a bad sentence. I don't mean to imply that I successfully practice what I preach. I try, that's all.JOURNAL, Hill, Pati, Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17, The Paris Review, Spring-Summer 1957, 16,weblink 18 February 2015, }}


{{See also|Prose types}}Many types of prose exist, which include nonfictional prose, heroic prose,BOOK,weblink Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Merriam-Webster, Inc, Merriam-Webster, 1995, 542, 0877790426, prose poem,BOOK,weblink Great American Prose Poems, Simon and Schuster, Lehman, David, 2008, 1439105111, polyphonic prose, alliterative prose, prose fiction, and village prose in Russian literature.WEB,weblink Prose, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2012-05-27, A prose poem is a composition in prose that has some of the qualities of a poem.DICTIONARY,weblink Prose poem, Merriam-Webster, 2012-05-27, Many forms of creative or literary writing use prose, including novels and short stories. Writer Truman Capote thought that the short story was "the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant".

See also



Further reading

External links

{{Wiktionary}} {{Subject bar|portal1=Literature|commons=yes|commons-search=Category:Prose writers|d=yes|d-search=Q76}}{{Authority control}}

- content above as imported from Wikipedia
- "prose" does not exist on GetWiki (yet)
- time: 4:32pm EDT - Mon, Jul 15 2019
[ this remote article is provided by Wikipedia ]
LATEST EDITS [ see all ]
Eastern Philosophy
History of Philosophy
M.R.M. Parrott