Writing Prose


In its broadest sense the term applies to all forms of written or spoken expression having a regular rhythmic pattern. It is most often meant to designate a consciously shaped writing, not merely a listing of ideas or a catalog of objects. And, although, good prose is like verse in having a rhythm (cadence), it is unlike verse in that this rhythm is not to be scanned by normal metrical scenes or makes by such devices of reiteration as free verse exports. But a clear line between prose and poetry is difficult to draw. Some of the qualities of prose are: It is without sustained rhythmic regularity; it has some logical grammatical order, and its ideas are connectedly stated rather than merely listed; it is characterized by style; it will achieve variety of expression through varied diction. (Handbook to Literature)

Intergeneric Prose

Prose that belongs between or among genres; it may combine prose and poetry, or it may cross the boundary between fiction and history. (Handbook to Literature)

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