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raindrop07 | Student, Undergraduate

Posted August 18, 2010 at 2:42 AM via web

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What is the definition of prose? Kinds of prose, element of prose, characteristics of prose?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 18, 2010 at 4:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Prose refers simply to any written piece of work that is built on sentences (and paragraphs) rather than lines or verses (like poetry).

Examples/kinds of prose include novels, short stories, essays, letters, editorials, articles, and journals.

Characteristics of prose can be broken into four categories, divided by purpose:

  1. Narrative: writing which tells a story (can be fiction or non-fiction); usually told in chronological order; has characters; follows the basic plot-line - exposition, rising action, climax, falling action.
  2. Expository: gives basic information; used often in speeches and essays; does not tell a story or argue.
  3. Descriptive: describes something in detail, again without telling a story or arguing a point; used most often in combination with another mode of writing, but alone is often found in scientific or medical reports.
  4. Persuasive: argues a point (or two sides of a question); gives evidence in favor or against.

To explain prose as simply as possible, it covers anything written that is NOT poetry - basically.

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