[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.
Elizabeth Hand is one of American literature's finest Prose poets of the fantastic. Her novels are powerfully lyrical, suffused with visionary agony and dreamlike eroticism; in her hands, myth reattains the nightmare energy of its origins, staining the present and the future with atavistic hues of blood.elizabeth hand
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 = words in their best order;poetry = the best words in the best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
They shut me up in Prose As when a little girl They put me in the Closet Because they liked me'still'.
There is in Poesy a decent pride, Which well becomes her when she speaks to Prose, Her younger sister.Edward Young
Prose words in their best order; poetry the best words in their best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The most beautiful Prose paragraph yet written by any American.Harold Bloom
A merely great intellect can produce great Prose, but not poetry, not one line.
Our poetry in the eighteenth century was Prose; our Prose in the seventeenth, poetry.david hare
Tout ce qui n'est point Prose, est vers; et tout ce qui n'est point vers, est Prose.molière
Par ma foi, il y a plus de quarante ans que je dis de la Prose, sans que j'en susse rien.molière
Of writing many books there is no end; And I who have written much in Prose and verse For others' uses, will write now for mine, Will write my story for my better self, As when you paint your portrait for a friend, Who keeps it in a drawer and looks at it Long after he has ceased to love you, just To hold together what he was and is.
For me, a page of good Prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle. [It] has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.john cheever
Faults in English Prose derive not so much from lack of knowledge, intelligence or art as from lack of thought, patience or goodwill.robert graves
...a novel is a Prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it...Randall Jarrell
The Prose method might be described as that where the writer provides a complete description of all those material factors in the environment which condition his characters. The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed; the Prose method requires a description of that world in order to explain the characteristics of the people in it. The hero of the poetic method is Rimbaud; of the Prose method, Balzac.stephen spender
It is even in Prose, I am a real poet. My poem is finished and I haven't mentioned orange yet It's twelve poems, I call it oranges.
Young writers often suppose that style is a garnish for the meat of Prose, a sauce by which a dull dish is made palatable.
Aphorism or maxim, let us remember that this wisdom of life is the true salt of literature; that those books, at least in Prose, are most nourishing which are most richly stored with it; and that is one of the great objects, apart from the mere acquisition of knowledge, which men ought to seek in the reading of books.
And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad, It is not poetry, but Prose run mad.Alexander Pope
[Pessoa] is the modernist's modernist: an inspired amalgam of Lewis Carroll, Aristophanes , Erasmus , Voltaire (& Co., if you will), whose exquisite mixed praises of human and literary folly create a polyphony unlike any other Prose music you've ever heard.