[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
Prose words in their best order; poetry the best words in their best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
...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
Young writers often suppose that style is a garnish for the meat of Prose, a sauce by which a dull dish is made palatable.
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.
Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of "communication"; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds.joyce carol oates
You can always count on a murderer fora fancy Prose style.vladimir nabokov
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
Polyphonic Prose is a kind of free verse, except that it is still freer. Polyphonic makes full use of cadence, rime, alliteration, assonance.Amy Lowell
Gertrude Stein's Prose song is a cold, black suet- pudding?of fabulously reptilian length.Jose Lezama Lima
Good Prose is like a window pane.