What Are The Elements Of Prose?


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Ian John Profile
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Prose is the most typical form of written language, applying ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry. While there are critical debates on the construction of prose, its simplicity and loosely defined structure has led to its adoption for the majority of spoken dialogue, factual discourse as well as topical and fictional writing. It is commonly used in literature, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, broadcasting, film, history, philosophy, law and many other forms of communication.

Prose is the ordinary form of spoken and written language whose unit is the sentence, rather than the individual line as it is in poetry. The term applies to all expressions in language that do not have a regular rhythmic pattern.

Novels, essays, short stories, and works of criticism are examples of prose.

Prose is considered to be one of the two major literary structures, with the other being verse. Prose lacks the more formal metrical structure of verse that is almost always found in traditional poetry. Poems often involve a meter and or rhyme scheme. Prose, instead, comprises full, grammatical sentences, which then constitute paragraphs and overlook aesthetic appeal.

Some works of prose do contain traces of metrical structure or versification and a conscious blend of the two literature formats is known as prose poetry. Similarly, any work of verse with fewer rules and restrictions is known as free verse. Verse is considered to be more systematic or formulaic, whereas prose is the most reflective of ordinary, often conversational, speech. On this point Samuel Taylor Coleridge requested, jokingly, that novice poets should remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in their best order. In Molière's play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Monsieur Jourdain asked for something to be written in neither verse nor prose. A philosophy master replied that there is no other way to express oneself than with prose or verse, for the simple reason being that everything that is not prose is verse, and everything that is not verse is prose.

Prose is a form of writing that does not fall into any particular formal structure and types of prose can include drama, articles, novels, short stories, letters, history, philosophy and biographies. There are eight types of prose which is regular speech or writing, not poetry.

1. Short Stories are a kind of prose that normally comprises of less than 10,000 to 20,000 words but can be limited to as less as 500 words. This form of prose has been around for thousands of years and probably the oldest example is an Egyptian short story entitled "The Two Brothers", from around 3200 B.C.

2. Factual Prose: This is generally used for the writing of novels and short stories. Although examples of this kind of prose has existed throughout history, they did not actually develop into a systematic form until a few centuries ago.

3. Letters are a form of prose that are a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization which are usually transmitted by mail.

4. Novels are a long story written in prose which gives a lot more freedom to the writer to experiment with lots of different literacy forms in one novel.

5. Diaries are a record of daily events, appointments, observations, etc. Or a book for keeping such a record and can be used in a personal sense or by a business. Three other kinds of prose are testimonies, journals and the personal essay which are less commonly used.
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There are 6 elements of prose.

1. Theme: The over all idea of what is the story all about.

2. Setting: Refers to the place and time.

3. Plot: Arrangement of events in the story. Under plot , it have:
            A. Introduction
            b. Conflict
            c. Climax
            d. Falling action
            e. Resolution

A. Circular: Flashback
b. Linear: Foreshadowing
c. In medias res: In the middle of the things

4. Characters, under characters it have:
    A. Protagonist: Actor/ bida
    b. Antagonist: Enemy/ contrabida

5. Conflict
  a. Man vs. Man
  b. Man vs. Nature
  c. Man vs. Society
  d. Man vs. Himself

6. Point of view
    a. First person
    b. Third person
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1. Short Stories
2. Factual Prose
3. Letters
4. Novels
5. Diaries
6. Testimony
7. Journals
8. The Personal Essay
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What are the characteristics of prose?
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Prose is more or less the opposite of poetry.  Basically, any written work that is not poetry is, by definition, prose.

This includes, but is not limited to, newspaper articles, novels, brochures, this answer to your question, etc.  

This does NOT include reference materials, such as dictionaries, thesauruses, etc.

Prose should include, as should most writing, complete sentences, correct punctuation, and correct grammar, to name a few.  However, for artistic sake, recreational writing may bend the rules here and there.  A particular author's style may include sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and poor grammar.  Sometimes, a character's speech in a work requires such bending of the rules to convey certain aspects of such a character.

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Novel,short story,a letter,biography and any type of written word that is not poetry.
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  1. Theme
  2. Setting
  3. Point of View
  4. Plot
  5. Symbols
  6. Atmosphere
  7. Character and Characterization
  8. Setting

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Prose is whatever is not poetry - general, unrhymed, not specially arranged writing. Prose may be fiction, drama (not verse drama) or non- fiction which has many subdivisions of its own - factual writing, comic writing, journalistic writing and many more. And of course, we speak prose too.

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