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Poetry Vs. Prose: A Killer Topic

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It started with an argument between which is better, poetry or prose, and it ended with a knife. On January 20, 2014, a Russian man was stabbed to death in the Sverdlovsk region over an argument of which is better, poetry or prose. Poetry and prose have various common aspects, though it is their differences that make each unique in how they are loved. There seem to be three types of people in the world, those who love poetry and hate prose, those who love prose and despise poetry, and the mediators that love both. There is no in between opinions in this matter. Although poetry and prose are undeniable different in their use of language, format, and structure, I found that their differences ...view middle of the document...

Poets chose words not only for their meaning, but also for the way they sound and rhythm with other words. Some poets, even limit themselves to a fixed number of words or syllables. Punctuation and grammar can also be manipulated in poetry to serve the poet’s purpose or to add more in visual imagery. On the contrary,writing in prose is complex, but the structure is the same where paragraphs, sentences, and the usual punctuation is not used in imaginative ways. Poetry and prose are also different in the way that they are both formatted.
How poetry and prose are formatted, or arranged, differ greatly from each other. Poetry is a type of literary word that is written in metrical form and written in verses. On the contrary, prose is more matter-of-fact and discourse. Poetry is a language spoken or written according to some pattern of recurrence that emphasizes relationships between words on the basis of sound as well as meaning. This pattern is almost always a rhythm or meter. This pattern may be supplemented by ornamentation such as rhyme or alliteration and occasionally even both. In contrast, prose is the form of written language that is not organized according to formal patterns of verse. It may have some sort of rhythm and some devices of repetition and balance, but these are not governed by regularly sustained formal arrangement. Prose is very different form poetry in the way that the significant unit is the sentence and not the line and therefore is represented without line breaks in writing. In...

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