Poetry typically follows some type of pattern while prose does not follow any formal patterns of verse. Most everyday writing is done in the form of prose.
Poetry is a form of written or spoken word that is done in a pattern that puts emphasis on the sound and rhythm of the words as well as the meaning. Poetry often involves rhyming, alliteration and other methods of artistic ornamentation. When poetry is written, it is often done with line breaks to indicate a change within the pattern.
In prose, the emphasis is on the meaning of the words without any ornamentation or pattern although it may use literary devices, such as alliteration. There are no line breaks and prose follows many standard grammar rules related to punctuation and capitalization. Prose also relies on paragraphs and chapters for structure. The word "prose" is derived from a Latin word, "prosa," that means "straightforward."Learn More
"She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways" is a narrative poem by William Wordsworth commemorating the life of a woman named Lucy. It is unknown whether Lucy was ever a real person, but she is a recurrent figure in Wordsworth's work, appearing as the central subject in four of his other poems: "Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower," "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal," "I Travelled among Unknown Men" and "Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known." "She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways" was written in 1798 and published in 1800 as part of "Lyrical Ballads," a collaborative poetry collection shared with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.Full Answer >
The poem "Bonsai" by Edith Tiempo is about love and how people imbue certain objects with love for a person, and those objects become the symbol of love. Edith Tiempo starts out her poem by describing what she does with love. She folds it to make it smaller so that she can keep it in a box, hollow post or shoe. Because love is an abstract concept and has no physical form, she is obviously talking about objects.Full Answer >
John Milton's "On His Blindness" is an English sonnet about a man who surrenders himself to the will of God. In it, Milton confesses that midway through his life, he has been rendered blind and suffers great personal grief to the point that his only hope is in the mercy of God. In many ways, this poem is an allegory, in that Milton uses his story to represent universal plight and struggling among mankind.Full Answer >
A good poem about friends growing apart is "Shake Hands" by A. E. Housman. This short poem addresses the pain of parting from someone who is no longer a friend and ends with a promise that the narrator will always be there for the former friend.Full Answer >