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  • 1. Introduction to Literature Lecture II
  • 2. Forms of Literature
  • 3. Imaginative and creative writing which is calledliterature exist in two forms:
  • 4. Verse &Prose
  • 5. Both verse and prose use words as their tool. So what is the differencebetween prose and verse?
  • 6. 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.”
  • 7. 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.”
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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.”
  • 11. 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
  • 12. So what is Verse? What is written inmetrical language is called verse.
  • 13. And what is called prose?• Any text that is written in regular (normal) language
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. Types of Literature
  • 16. Literature is found in 3 types:Poetry Drama Fiction
  • 17. See you next week Lec. Maha