What Are the Forms of Non-Prose?

In classical literary structure, the genres other than prose are poetry and drama. In modern literary structure, two additional genres have been added: nonfiction (arguably a form of prose) and media, which is primarily but not entirely non-prose.

Prose includes all non-poetic written literary texts such as short stories, novels and histories. Poems, while also written, use rhyme and meter and are not written in the same linear narrative fashion as prose. Drama, while it is often written, is also usually performed.

The new genre of media includes a wide range of modern texts such as advertisements, films, Internet pages, graphic novels and even games. Items that do not fit well within the other literary genres are generally classified as media.