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Definition of Prose


  1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
  2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
  3. A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
  4. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
  5. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
  6. To write in prose.
  7. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
  8. To write prose.

Prose Quotations

Art, whatever form it takes, requires hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. As a writer, I know my grammar, cadence, the music of prose, and the art of the narrative.
F. Sionil Jose

I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.
Maya Angelou

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
Paul Rand

It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.
George Orwell
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Prose Translations

prose in Dutch is proza
prose in French is prose
prose in German is Prosa
prose in Portuguese is prosa
prose in Spanish is prosa
prose in Swedish is prosa