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what are the characteristics of prose?

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lynnluncw | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM via web

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what are the characteristics of prose?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Prose is the kind of language that most people use every day in stories, articles, and books.  Prose is straightforward and comes in two different forms:  narrative (such as stories) and expository (non-fiction writing). 

The characteristics of prose

1.  Prose does not conform to poetic measures.  In prose, the line is not treated as a single unit.  Whereas poetry is organized into couplets and stanzas, prose can be organized into paragraphs with no set or pre-determined line length. 

 2.  Prose does not have a specific rhythm or meter.   Although prose can often be very rhythmic, there are no set rules for metrical structure as in some forms of poetry.

3.  Prose does not rhyme or use a pattern of rhyme. 


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marizi | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM (Answer #2)

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Prose is a form of narrative writing without poetic form (rhyme scheme). It can either be fiction (novel, folktale/fable, short story) or non-fiction (biography, autobiography, essay, articles)

Its characteristic are:

-  utilize some figurative language (metaphor/simile) to entice the interest of the readers but more focused on telling a story.

-  straight-forward approach as a form of information or persuasion.

-  a medium to express ideas or point of view.

- written in a form of paragraphs that can be accompanied by dialogues, graphics, headings and/or subheadings.





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