[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.
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
Poetry is creative expression; Prose is constructive expression. … by creative I mean original. In Poetry the words are born or reborn in the act of thinking. … There is no time interval between the words and the thought when a real poet writes, both of them happen together, and both the thought and the word are Poetry.herbert read
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 language of the age is never the language of poetry, except among the French, whose verse, where the thought or image does not support it, differs in nothing from Prose.thomas gray
The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest Prose on human beings.
If ever I should condescend to Prose, I'll write poetical commandments, which Shall supersede beyond all doubt all those That went before; in these I shall enrich My text with many things that no one knows, And carry precept to the highest pitch: I'll call the work 'Longinus o'er a Bottle, Or, Every Poet his own Aristotle'.Rochdale
A merely great intellect can produce great Prose, but not poetry, not one line.
The word "essay" means to try out, test, probe. In the essay style, successive clauses and sentences are not produced by an overarching logic, but by association; the impression that Prose gives is that it can go anywhere in a manner wholly unpredictable.stanley fish
Our poetry in the eighteenth century was Prose; our Prose in the seventeenth, poetry.david hare
The writer of Prose can only step aside when the poet passes…
... coincident with the explosive growth of research, the art of writing science suffered a grave setback, and the stultifying convention descended that the best scientific Prose should sound like a non-human author addressing a mechanical reader. ... We injure ourselves when we fail to make our discipline as clear and vibrant as we can to students - prospective scientists - and to the public who pay the taxes.david mermin
Tout ce qui n'est point Prose, est vers; et tout ce qui n'est point vers, est Prose.molière
"O frate," disse, "chesti qu'io ti cerno col ditto," e additò un spirto innanzi, "fu miglior fabbro del parlar materno. Versi d'amore e Prose di romanzi soverchiò tutti; e lascia dir li stolti che quel di Lemosì credon ch'avanzi.arnaut daniel
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.
Michel Foucault once characterized Derrida 's Prose style to me as "obscurantisme terroriste." The text is written so obscurely that you can't figure out exactly what the thesis is (hence "obscurantisme") and then when one criticizes it, the author says, "Vous m'avez mal compris; vous êtes idiot" ["You did not understand; you are an idiot"] (hence "terroriste").Michel Foucault
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
Faire de la Prose sans le savoir.
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.
The Prose writer drags meaning along with a rope, the poet makes it stand out and hit you.
Who all in raptures their own works rehearse, And drawl out measur'd Prose, which they call verse.Charles Churchill
And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad, It is not poetry, but Prose run mad.Alexander Pope