prose

Prose is so-called "ordinary writing" — made up of sentences and paragraphs, without any metrical (or rhyming) structure.

If you write, "I walked about all alone over the hillsides," that's prose. If you say, "I wondered lonely as a cloud/that floats on high o'er vales and hills" that's poetry. See the difference? (Let's not get into prose poetry!) From prose we get the term prosaic, meaning "ordinary" or "commonplace," or lacking the specially delicacy and beauty of its supposed opposite — poetry.

Definitions of prose
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n ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

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euphuism
an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
nonfiction, nonfictional prose
prose writing that is not fictional
interior monologue
a literary genre that presents a fictional character's sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
stream of consciousness
a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
prose poem
prose that resembles poetry
polyphonic prose
a rhythmical prose employing the poetic devices of alliteration and assonance
article
nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
Type of:
genre, literary genre, writing style
a style of expressing yourself in writing

n matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

Type of:
expressive style, style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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