prose poem


Definition of prose poem

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Unsurprisingly, this prose poem of stripper life went viral. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 June 2021 It is mostly written in prose poem with large spaces between phrases that act as line breaks. Elizabeth Hoover Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Farther Away From his prose poem, Underworld Lit, which will be published in August by Wave Books. Ishmael Reed, Harpers Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 Janet Mock contributed a manifesto of sorts, while Yrsa Daley-Ward’s ad is a prose poem. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2021 Very quickly O'Meara's 113-word prose poem became a communal beacon of hope, attracting the attention of Oprah and opera and thousands more. Nora Krug, Star Tribune, 8 Feb. 2021 Very quickly O’Meara’s 113-word prose poem became a communal beacon of hope, attracting the attention of Oprah and opera and thousands more. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2020 Algren wrote a dreamy, unstable prose poem about the city, people, the corruption, the pessimism, his own most of all., 7 Sep. 2020 At times, the novel feels like a prose poem but also somewhat slow and overwritten. Diane Scharper, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020

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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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“Prose poem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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