Both verse and prose use words as their tool. So what is the differencebetween prose and verse?
Verse is that special beautiful language that we see in poems like: “If all the world and love were young,And truth in every shepherds tongue,These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee and be thy love.”
Prose is like this extract from Holst’s The Zebra Storyteller: “Once up on a time there was a Siamese cat who pretended to be alion and spoke inappropriate Zebraic.That language is whinnied by the race of striped horses in Africa.”
Verse Vs. Prose• Verse calls for an • Prose is the organization of regular normal words according language. to regular patterns in order that they produce a harmonious rhythm.
Verse and Poetry• Verse refers to form.• Poetry is a statement charged with deep emotions is called poetical (beautiful), but it would not be called poetry unless its language is found to conform to a regular rhythmical pattern.
Poetical• Example: “There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.”
Poetry Verse• Example:• The weight of hate is very heavy to bear While it seems like love is lighter than air Accounts of hate make a big news headline While actions of love you must look hard to find
So what is Verse? What is written inmetrical language is called verse.
And what is called prose?• Any text that is written in regular (normal) language
Note the following: 1- Verse and poetry are used interchangeably. 2- writers use prose to expressfeelings but they resort to versewhen they have something very profound to say.