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Definitions of "prose"

  • Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure. noun
  • Commonplace expression or quality. noun
  • Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel. noun
  • To write prose. verb-intransitive
  • To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style. verb-intransitive
  • Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry. noun
  • to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way verb
  • Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse. adjective
  • Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic. adjective
  • The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition. noun
  • Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse. noun
  • A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence. noun
  • To write prose. verb-intransitive
  • To write in prose. verb-transitive
  • To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way. verb-transitive
  • The ordinary written or spoken language of man; language not conformed to poetical measure, as opposed to verse or metrical composition. See poetry. noun
  • Hence Commonplace ideas or discourse. noun
  • In liturgics, a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia. noun
  • An oration; a story. noun

The word "prose" in example sentences

For practical convenience three main sorts of rhythmic prose may be distinguished: (1) _characteristic prose_, or that in which no regularity (coincidence) is easily appreciable; (2) _cadenced prose_, or that in which the regularity is perceptible, but unobtrusive, and (3) _metrical prose_, or that in which the regularity is so noticeable as to be unpleasing.. [The Principles of English Versification]

Yasmin's (Anika Noni Rose) crime report to the police officer, in prose, is almost placid yet intense.. [Jenee Darden: HuffPost Review: Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls]

The primary issue in prose is motive: You have to understand why the people do what they do, or else the whole shebang falls apart as illusion.. [Film and Literature]

I think that to capture another time in prose is a gift beyond worth.. [Living in the past - minor news...]

She says the last thing she's fallen back on is line breaks, that poetry has line breaks, and therefore she refuses to use the term prose poetry, because it finally shatters the last bit of taxonomy she has.. [A Conversation with Sonya Taaffe]

Because I'm an art student, and a highly-visually-oriented person, one of the things I love the most about your prose is the lushness and the beautiful sentences.. ["If there really was a God here, he'd have raised a hand by now."]

As to the author's highly mannered style, it's not so much that his prose is awkward and lumbering — which it is! — just that the man's supreme lack of command for the English language is visible in every sentence, every phrase, every word, down to the smallest phoneme.. [Tomb by Z. S. Adani]

"Steeped in effective 19th-century archaism, yet steely in sustaining the story, the prose is as poetic as it is violent.". [Canaan's Tongue by John Wray: Book summary]

"Martel's aims are ambitious, but the prose is amateur and the characters thin, the coy self-referentiality grates ...". [Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel: Book summary]

By comparing Nowlan's writing to that of John Grisham or Stephen King, Cicero must be suggesting that his prose is accessible, uncomplicated, not self-consciously "literary.". [Narrative Strategies]

Reading Wood, no matter the book under review, provides enormous pleasure; his prose is at once buoyant and momentous, his judgment swift with imperial grace.. [An Books Blog featuring news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs.]

I have the feeling throughout this that he's finding his feet, relying on genre convention a bit overmuch, and his prose is a bit rocky in places -- he's leaning hard on the cliches of noir, and sometimes the resultant strain to the narrative voice makes me wince.. [is it just another children's story that's been declawed?]

I've heard often that Morrison can be difficult to read, as her prose is a little "stylistic" - did you feel that way?. [Beloved by Toni Morrison]

He tells me he has written a twenty-eight-page manuscript, which he calls a prose-poem, based on his newly embraced credo that everything is art.. [NPR Topics: News]

There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry.. [Eugenio Montale - Nobel Lecture]

"Standing Room Only" by Karen Joy Fowler falls under, especially since the author's prose is so convincing.. [REVIEW: The Secret History of Science Fiction edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel]

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