BK Writing Lab

Prose vs. Verse
Paul DiGeorgio, Ph.D.


Prose is language without meter. When you read a novel, a short story, or a newspaper article, you are reading prose. When you write a paper or essay for class, it is written as prose.

Verse is the same thing as poetry -- it is language with meter. Meter is the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables. Verse does not have to rhyme, but sometimes it does. Epic plays are often written in verse, and so is music!


If you have any questions, send us an email at bkwritinglab@bishopkennyhs.org!


Image Credit: Poetry by Martin from the Noun Project

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