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Prose talks and poetry sings.
I fantasised about F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' - I loved it, and then I read everything J. D. Salinger had to offer. Then I was turned on to Kerouac, and his spontaneous prose, his stream of consciousness way of writing. I admired him so much, and I romanticised so much about the '40s and '50s.
I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.
I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.
I read a lot of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love 'Tender is the Night,' and its atmosphere of doomed romance. He was one of the greatest prose stylists, with a wonderfully clear but lyrical quality.
There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
John M. Ford
Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose.
The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose.
The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality.
A prose writer never sees a reader walk out of a book; for a playwright, it's another matter. An audience is an invaluable education. In my experience, theatre artists don't know what they've made until they've made it.
From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
I've always liked police-blotter kind of writing, or the writing of a policeman, right to the point and hardboiled. That's how I see at least the prose elements of scriptwriting.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.
F. L. Lucas
The first two books that I did by myself were long stories in verse. I knew I could do that because I'd written a lot in verse. But, verse stories are hard to sell, so my editor encouraged me to try writing in prose.
Next to the writer of real estate advertisements, the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.
I read a lot of autobiographical stories, and I write plays and prose. And I play piano and cello. A lot of my downtime is devoted to that.
The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth.
A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
Prose is like this big block - you write big paragraphs. I feel that when I'm reading and writing, that a prose book is kind of monolithic. But a song is more like a feather or something.
I love a big, character-rich story with a dark heart, with a compelling mystery or some kind of ticking clock at its center. I want to be lured in by prose, captured by character, and bound by stellar plotting to keep turning the pages.
Passage of time can be mind-numbing to figure out in a screenplay. It's the easiest thing to do in prose, not just by writing 'four years later', but you can shift time in a sentence or two.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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