prose poem


: a composition in prose that has some of the qualities of a poem
prose poet noun

Examples of prose poem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So went the voice-over at the Undercover show: a prose poem written and read by the film director Wim Wenders. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Each suite of poems treats its subject matter with a discerning, mature hand: from lyrical sonnets about the life of Harriet Tubman to severe, confessional prose poems about mental illness. Nina MacLaughlin,, 27 July 2023 To me, that’s a prose poem. Vulture, 4 Aug. 2022 Phyllida Barlow wrote a prose poem in conjunction with her remarkable show of new sculpture, which was not only made for Hauser & Wirth gallery but also made in it: The colossal works were constructed from the ground up inside the long, tall, skylighted South Gallery. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 The words in this powerful prose poem were written by Maryland native Jason Reynolds, a New York Times bestselling children’s author and a 2018 Newberry Honor Medalist, while his best friend, Jason Griffin, created the striking mixed-media collages that comprise the artwork. Mary Carole McCauley,, 26 Dec. 2021 This prose poem by Laura Da’ juxtaposes the loss of land and Shawnee culture with the birth of the speaker’s son. Laura Da’ Victoria Chang, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Caldwell’s landscapes are paired with longtime collaborator Bernard Welt’s prose poem, a few snippets of which are printed on the gallery walls. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Farther Away From his prose poem, Underworld Lit, which will be published in August by Wave Books. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prose poem was in 1716

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“Prose poem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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prose poem

: a composition in prose that has some of the qualities of a poem

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