What Are the Characteristics of Prose?

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Prose is all forms of writing and speech which have no structured meter. This is inclusive of written and enacted forms.

Prose is representative of several forms of communication. It is considered the ordinary language used in speech or writing. Prose has no intentional structural meter and, as such, dramatic works, fiction, nonfiction and correspondence are all considered prose.

Prose is organized by grouping complete sentences into paragraphs. Prose can be further sub-categorized according to structure or subject matter. Common structural classifications include novels, novellas, short stories, memoirs and biographies. Common subject matter categories, commonly referred to as genre include, but are not limited to, romance, comedy and horror. These two sub-categories are not necessarily separate with prose works classified by their structure and genre.

Prose is performed in the shape of dramas and media broadcasts. Dramas, commonly known as plays, are recorded predominantly in prose dialogue and enacted by actors on the stage. Television and radio broadcasts similarly have a prose script from which they report.

Nonfiction is a broad spectrum of prose with personal as well as objective accounts. Testimonials, philosophy, journals and a range of other physical records are written in prose. Nonfiction is generally written to pass on knowledge.