Did you Know ~ Prose vs Poetry

The first thing you have to do is look up prose and poetry differences and similarities.  The differences are obvious to most readers, but let’s take a look at both.

Prose arranges its thought process by dividing themes into paragraphs. The definition of a paragraph is; A distinct section of a piece of writing, usually dealing with a single theme and indicated by a new line, indentation, or numbering.  Sentences, written one after another, make up the paragraph and the first word of the sentence is capitalized.   Punctuation is the same for prose and poetry.   The language of prose is straight forward, with less figurative language than poetry.Poetry has a different form than prose. The appearance of poetry on the page or computer screen is different, unique. Where prose has paragraphs, poetry has stanzas. Where prose has sentences in a paragraph coming one after another, poetry divides into shorter lines, with a phrase or group of words that join together on each line. In traditional poetry, the first word of each line is capitalized. Some modern versions of poetry have only the first word of each sentence capitalized as in prose. Indenting of lines depends on where the writer desires to have indenting.

Prose version:

A woman stands on a mountain top with the cold seeping into her body. She looks on the valley below as the wind whips around her. She cannot leave to go to the peaceful beauty below.

Poetry versionThe Woman on the Peak

The woman stands upon the barren peak,
Gazing down on the world beneath.
The lonely chill seeps from the ground
Into her feet, spreading, upward bound.
The angry wind whistles ‘round her head,
Whipping her hair into streaming snakes,
While she watches, wishes, weakly wails.

*This is a shortened version from about 5 different sources that are all pretty much the same.


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