Prose & Poetry

While prose is writing, poetry adds artistic style to writing.  Poetry writers tend to select their structure, rhyme scheme, pattern, and words with the purpose of arousing emotion. Rather than sentences and paragraphs, poetry uses lines, stanzas, verses, meter, stress, patterns, and rhyme.

Poetry comes in several different forms, but the common types of poetry include:

  • Sonnets – lyrical poetry with a 14-line arrangement
  • Haiku – traditional Japanese poetry
  • Acrostic – mixes letters and phrases
  • Free Verse – no set meter
  • Epic – from oral traditions
  • Rhymed – creates specific rhyme pattern
  • Descriptive – uses descriptive language to express a message
  • Narrative – tells a story

Here’s a list:

Prose Poetry
Written in sentences and paragraphs Written in lines and stanzas
Normal language patterns Artistic language to express thoughts and emotions
No limit on words Word limits
Doesn’t use a rhyme scheme or rhythm Can include rhyme and rhythm
Easy to understand Can take dissecting the words to understand the meaning
May or may not be used creatively Used creatively and artistically

So, now we all know how to write our prose and poetry!  Back to my poetry . . .

Dr. Deb

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