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Prose poems


  • Prose that utilizes poetic techniques to emphasize sound, imagery, and figurative language.

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    • found: Kennedy, X.J. The Longman dictionary of literary terms, c2006(Prose poem. Poetic language printed in prose paragraphs, but displaying the careful attention to sound, imagery, and figurative language characteristic of poetry. While some prose achieves poetic status by virtue of its lyricism, sonority, figurative language, etc., prose poetry goes further in constituting itself as poetry, but without the visible appearance of verse.)
    • found: Poets.org, viewed Dec. 26, 2012(Poetic Form: Prose Poem--Though the name of the form may appear to be a contradiction, the prose poem essentially appears as prose, but reads like poetry. While it lacks the line breaks associated with poetry, the prose poem maintains a poetic quality, often utilizing techniques common to poetry, such as fragmentation, compression, repetition, and rhyme. The prose poem can range in length from a few lines to several pages long, and it may explore a limitless array of styles and subjects.)
    • found: The Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics, c2012(Prose Poem; the controversially hybrid and (aesthetically and politically) revolutionary genre of the prose poem; principal characteristics: high patterning, rhythmic and figural repetition, sustained intensity, and compactness. The short form is a sure model here; otherwise, the prose poem merges with the essay.)
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    • Prose that utilizes poetic techniques to emphasize sound, imagery, and figurative language.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-22: revised
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