Poetry typically follows some type of pattern while prose does not follow any formal patterns of verse. Most everyday writing is done in the form of prose.Continue Reading
Poetry is a form of written or spoken word that is done in a pattern that puts emphasis on the sound and rhythm of the words as well as the meaning. Poetry often involves rhyming, alliteration and other methods of artistic ornamentation. When poetry is written, it is often done with line breaks to indicate a change within the pattern.
In prose, the emphasis is on the meaning of the words without any ornamentation or pattern although it may use literary devices, such as alliteration. There are no line breaks and prose follows many standard grammar rules related to punctuation and capitalization. Prose also relies on paragraphs and chapters for structure. The word "prose" is derived from a Latin word, "prosa," that means "straightforward."Learn more about Poetry
Litotes are rhetorical figures of speech used in poetry and prose in which emphasis is gained by understated negation. The phrase, "He's not a rocket scientist," could be considered an example.Full Answer >
Blank verse poetry was introduced in 1540 by the Earl of Surrey. Poets such as Shakespeare, John Donne and John Keats have used it. John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is one of the most famous blank verse poems in English literature. The full-length epic poem closely adheres to the iambic pentameter meter and does not rhyme. The poem is divided into twelve books.Full Answer >
Conventions in poetry refer to the structure, which includes stanza, free verse and sonnet. Analyzing the conventions of poetry can help reveal how the rhythm and sound elements are linked to the content.Full Answer >
A metrical romance poem is a type of prose poem that was especially popular during the Renaissance. These poems do not rhyme and deal with themes such as love, rites of passage, chivalry, adventure and interpersonal relationships. Knights, fair maidens and epic journeys appear frequently in metrical romance poems.Full Answer >