[Vathek] has, in parts, been called, but to some judgments, never is, dull: it is certainly in parts, grotesque, extravagant and even nasty. But Beckford could plead sufficient "local colour" for it, and a contrast, again almost Shakespearean, between the flickering farce atrocities of the beginning and the sombre magnificence of the end. Beckford's claims, in fact, rest on the half-score or even half-dozen pages towards the end: but these pages are hard to parallel in the later literature of prose fiction.
As we go star-stilled in the mystic garden,All the Prose of this life run there to rhyme,How eagerly then will the poor heart pardonAll of these hurts of Time!Ah, yes, in that hour of our souls dream-driven,In that high, white hour, O my wild sea-bride,The tears and the years will be all forgiven, ...And all be justified.edwin markham
Wilde was not a great poet nor a consummate Prose writer. He was a very astute Irishman who encompassed in epigrams an esthetic credo which others before him scattered in the space of long pages. He was an enfant terrible .jorge luis borges
Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement... says heaven and earth in one word... speaks of himself and his predicament as though for the first time. It has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as Prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.christopher fry
Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.jeremy bentham
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.ernest hemingway
Commitment seems to live more in the poetry of our aspirations than in the Prose of the realities we have created.
And this unpolished rugged verse I chose As fittest for discourse and nearest Prose.john dryden
In Prose, the worst thing one can do with words is surrender to them.
And he, whose fustian's so sublimely bad, It is not poetry, but Prose run mad.Alexander Pope
"Man axalotl here below but I ask very little. Some fragments of Pamphylides, a Choctaw blood-mask, the Prose of Scaliger the Elder, a painting by Fuseli, an occasional visit to the all-in wrestling, or to my meretrix; a cook who can produce a passable 'poulet à la Khmer,' a Pong vase. Simple tastes, you will agree, and it is my simple habit to indulge them!"cyril connolly
At present I'm re-reading Traherne's Centuries of Meditations which I think almost the most beautiful book (in Prose, I mean, excluding poets) in English.thomas traherne
What is wonderful about a university like LSE is that you not only receive teaching of very high quality, you also learn where to find the knowledge you are seeking. And you make unexpected discoveries;it was a Marxist professor who introduced me to the work of Cardinal Newman, a great master of English Prose as well as theology.pierre trudeau
Poetry demands a different material than Prose. It uses another facet of the same fact … the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard.william carlos williams
For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed to feel for it, for all the celebrations it had been the object of in Prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.joseph conrad
It is in this matter that I fall foul of so many American writers on writing; they seem to think that writing is a confidence game by means of which the author cajoles a restless, dull-witted, shallow audience into hearing his point of view. Such an attitude is base, and can only beget base Prose.Robertson Davies
All words at every level of Prose and poetry and all devices of language and speech derive their meaning from figure / ground relation.Marshall McLuhan
Good Prose is written only face to face with poetry.friedrich nietzsche
To overcome the academic Prose you have first to overcome the academic pose.
The point is that any piece of Impressionism, whether it be Prose, verse or painting, or sculpture, is the record of the impression.
I could define poetry this way: it is that which is lost out of both Prose and verse in translation.robert frost
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than Prose.voltaire
A Chinese Prose writer has observed that the unicorn, because of its own anomaly, will pass unnoticed. Our eyes see what they are accustomed to seeing.
There cannot be any politics of resistance , aesthetics of emancipation , or Prose and poetry of agential autonomy in history for people around the world nothing except a Starbucks Coffee version of the so-called “Western classics” to go and save them.