[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 books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry: on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of Prose.walter savage landor
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
The most beautiful Prose paragraph yet written by any American.Harold Bloom
: Madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? : Only with those in verse, Mr Witwoud. I never pin up my hair with Prose.william congreve
Meredith is a Prose Browning, and so is Browning.
The poet gives us his essence, but Prose takes the mould of the body and mind entire.(Adeline) Virginia ne e Stephen Woolf
I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their Prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot, i.e., loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better), you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink.ernest hemingway
It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of Prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.ernest hemingway
It was a brilliant, mutinous period. Brecht gave back to German Prose its Lutheran simplicity and Thomas Mann brought into his style the supple, luminous elegance of the classic and Mediterranean tradition. These years, 1920-33, were the anni mirabiles of the modern German spirit.George Steiner
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
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
Narrative Prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.Anton Chekhov
Poetry is not the proper antithesis to Prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and Prose to metre. The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication, of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Both in verse and in Prose [Karl] Shapiro loves, partly out of indignation and partly out of sheer mischievousness, to tell the naked truths or half-truths or quarter-truths that will make anybody’s hair stand on end; he is always crying: “But he hasn’t any clothes on!” about an emperor who is half the time surprisingly well-dressed.Randall Jarrell
Will there never come a season Which shall rid us from the curse? Of a Prose which knows no reason And an unmelodious verse: When the world shall cease to wonder At the genius of an Ass, And a boy's eccentric blunder Shall not bring success to pass: When mankind shall be delivered From the clash of magazines, And the inkstand shall be shivered Into countless smithereens: When there stands a muzzled stripling, Mute, beside a muzzled bore: When the Rudyards cease from Kipling And the Haggards Ride no more.james kenneth stephen
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.
He who writes Prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.Lytton
As it is generally seen, blank verse seems to be only a laborious and doubtful struggle to escape from the fangs of Prose. [...] if it ever ventures to relax into simple and natural phraseology, it instantly becomes tame and the prey of its pursuer.
His unique importance in the history of English letters comes from his conviction that a life without knowledge or reflection was unworthy of respect , and his determination to bring the thought of the past within the range of his subjects' understanding . The translations of ancient books by which he tried to reach this end form the beginning of English Prose literature.
"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.
Exercises are like Prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.