prose poem


Definition of prose poem

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

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Other Words from prose poem

prose poet noun

Examples of prose poem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This stunning arrangement of prose poems and short lyric essays constitutes both a memoir of the author’s life as student and teacher and an insider’s critique of our educational system. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Our book reviewers’ favorite reads of 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Sylvie tells her absent lover, in the prose poems of this startlingly intimate début. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 15 Oct. 2019 This final collection is made up of headlong prose poems that amount to sly — and heartbreaking — metaphysical parables about mortality. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Poetry From James Tate, Jana Prikryl and More," 20 Aug. 2019 During the past few years, Rafferty has been focusing on prose poems., "CT Poets’ Corner: The prose poetry of Charles Rafferty reflects life’s tiny moments," 18 July 2019 Together, these pieces illustrate Harrison’s range and his ease with various formats, from lyric poems to meditative suites to prose poems. Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post, "‘The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write’ and other best poetry of the month," 24 June 2019 His narratives are often closer to prose poems than to short stories, much less novels. The New York Review of Books, "Jed Perl," 9 May 2019 This lyrical piece for soprano soloist with orchestra sets a prose poem by James Agee, in which a young boy recalls the sights and sounds of a lazy summer evening. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 In some of Cook's 100 succinct prose poems, the flip-flopper is the poet's mind. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Irksome Particulars': Matt Cook's 100 flip-flops," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of prose poem

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prose poem was in 1716

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14 Jan 2020

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“Prose poem.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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