Understanding Prose & Poetry
Prose and poetry are different kinds of writing. In prose, one sentence follows another. Sentences are grouped in paragraphs. Examples of prose include chapter books and newspaper articles. Poetry is written in lines. Lines are grouped in stanzas, or verses.
Example of Prose
Last night, I tried to finish my math assignment on the couch. I was having a hard time concentrating because all I could hear was the sound of my dog snoring.
Example of Poem
Papers strewn about my lap,
A dog’s snoring fills the room,
Making the earth tremble,
Soon it’s nine o’clock,
The time continues to pass,
Will my homework be ready
For tomorrow’s class?
Poets use the sound of words in creative ways. For example, many poems include rhyme. Words that rhyme end with the same sound. The rhyming words in a poem often appear in a pattern at the ends of lines. In the poem below, green and between rhyme.
I’m glad the sky is pained blue,
And the earth is painted green,
With such a lot of nice fresh air,
All sandwiched in between.
A poem also has rhythm created by the stressed and unstressed syllables in the poem. if there is a pattern to the rhythm, the patter is called meter.