Much has been made of the difference between poetry and prose. It was Samuel Taylor Coleridge who said "I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose,—words in their best order; poetry,—the best words in their best order." This wonderful piece muses a bit on the nature of prose.
The Unwritten History of Prose
by T.R. Hummer
… a litel thyng …
—ChaucerThe prose of merchants, the prose of ministers,
Pornographers' prose, the prose of Julius Caesar—
Every militant word. Executioners' prose, inspectors' prose,
The dreamy calculation of love letters,
Attorneys' prose, morticians' prose,
The coded prose of spies. One ice storm,
Years back, scribbled its thesis on Ohio.
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