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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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