Poetry vs. Prose

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Writing Prose  (posted by Susan)
“Your challenge is to do one or more of these in a new poem:”

-describe prose vs. poetry
-use the prose element of dialogue fitting the character who speaks it (within your poem)
-praise prose to the utmost
-show us a prose writer at work

“A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous.” ― Gustave Flaubert

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Zora Neale Hurston

I find more freedom
and challenge in poetry.
Line breaks where
I want them, enjambment,
and what I call verse instead of
sentences. Well written prose
has its imagery, metaphors,
and similes, but in paragraphs
of longer sentences. Poems
are often enigmatic, which allows
the reader to find his/her
own meaning.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Poetry vs. Prose

  1. susanstoo says:

    Avery prosy poem, after all!


  2. I love that word enigmatic. Poems often do leave lots to the imagination.


  3. oldegg says:

    tt is always good to read a poem full of imagery for the reader to leave their seats and enter into the words.


  4. kim881 says:

    I agree with you, Sara! Poetry offers freedom, challenge, line breaks where we want them – and enigma!


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    You’ve said it perfectly. Another synonym for poetry may be challenge and prose? May be patience.


  6. Panchali says:

    Finally, there’s nothing like reading good writing- poetry or prose. Smiles. Each of us is born with a unique way of looking at the world and an unlimited potential for creative thought..so, it’s like revealing more ofourselves on the page.
    Loved it..


  7. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Enigma keeps me going. How about you?


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