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"Prose poetry"? What's that supposed to mean?
Most poetry written these days (that gets
called poetry, anyway) is so "free" that very
little of the trappings of formal poetry are
left, with *one* exception: the use of line
breaks, grouping short lines into the visual
appearence of stanzas.
There is also poetry that is not called
poetry, "song" and "rap" (and maybe even
"jingle" or "ad copy"). and that stuff is if This is an area
anything more rigidly formal than the old where high and low
formal poetry. Simple, heavy handed verbal art are exceedingly
rhthym and frequent, obvious rhyme is the rule polarized, very little
in that world. middle ground.
Well, one thing about "prose poetry" is
that it's usually a narrative form, it may
even technically be "fiction", but it is
not a "story", which is to say that it does
feature problem/resolution plots.
It's often a piece of florid description,
possibly a story-fragment?
Matters of expectation:
if presented as a story, it's
expected that it will *go*
somewhere, and then a long
description might be regarded
as an impediment, something
to be skimmed through quickly.
Calling it a prose poem
changes this, shifts the One of the few ideas I've
focus back toward the come up with for hypertext
language. fiction for which I can see
Use hyperlinks to provide
My favorite example details that provide depth,
of the form is but don't obviously advance
Baudelaire's "Out of the plot.
this World", which
*does* have a rhythm The main narrative puts
to it, and a steady emphasis on plot and
refrain, the rhthym dialog. Atmosphere,
is just not applied character sketch,
on a line-by-line physical description,
basis. and so on are pushed off
A prose / prose-poem
(Also, an expanded
form could be
provided, where you
could read all of
it straight through.)
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