[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 = 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'.
Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
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.
Meredith is a Prose Browning, and so is Browning.
Our poetry in the eighteenth century was Prose; our Prose in the seventeenth, poetry.david hare
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
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
Narrative Prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.Anton Chekhov
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
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
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
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
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.
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.