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paragraphs of poetry
Posted by: Salma Kamran (
Date: June 10, 2003 07:35PM

i know there is such a thing but unfotunately i do not know what it would be called and was wondeing if you guys could tell me.

There kind of like paagraphs of poetry sord of....written in a poetic form but in paragraphs rather than prose.

The night wind from the river, or from the open spaces of the wilds, chills you after a time. You begin to think of your blankets. In a few moments you roll yourself in their soft wool. Instantly it is morning. 10
And, strange to say, you have not to pay by going through the day unrefreshed. You may feel like turning in at eight instead of nine, and you may fall asleep with unusual promptitude, but your journey will begin clear-headedly, proceed springily, and end with much in reserve. No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience. For this once your two hours of sleep have been as effective as nine.

BUT these is nonfiction there such a thing as poetic essays??

LINKS would e definitely asppreciated.


Re: paragraphs of poetry
Posted by: Tandy (
Date: June 11, 2003 04:59PM

I think the term you are looking for is "prose poem," which Webster's dictionary defines as "a work in prose that has some of the qualilties of a poem (as rhythm, patterned structure, or imaginative heightening)."

Check Google under "prose poems."

Thomas Wolfe, author of "Look Homeward, Angel," etc., had a lot of prose poems in his novels; in fact, many of them have been collected in a book entitled "The Face of the Nation." Here's one of my favorites from his novel "You Can't Go Home Again":

"But before I go, I have one more thing to tell you: Something has spoken to me in the night, burning the tapers of the waning year; something has spoken in the night, and told me I shall die, I know not where. Saying: 'To lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth--Whereon the pillars of this earth are founded, toward which the conscience of the world is tending--a wind is rising, and the rivers flow.'"

Re: paragraphs of poetry
Posted by: salma kamran (
Date: June 15, 2003 11:18PM

thanx tandy, yes that was what i was looking for but i can not find any done classically in this context.

Re: paragraphs of poetry
Posted by: dennis (
Date: July 17, 2003 12:05PM

Sal: It is difficult to distinguish poetry from prose-sometimes.
Some writers do prosaic poesy. The work you provide is a good
example. The form is lacking but the rythymic modulation
and the more or less Iambic flow is poetry. The dictionary is
a great source for clearing up questions of this sort. Also good
for questions on spelling and precise meanings.

I'm sure there are many poetic essays. These days it seems
out of fashion to DO anything with poetry. I think Wordsworth
and Coleridge started that idea. Poetry with a lesson is called
didactic poetry-which seems like a sneer when heard from the
pen of some of our leading modernists. I think poetic essays
and didactic poetry have a definite place. For one thing,
The form and rythym and rhyme make it easier to remember
the lesson.

I think Professor Timothy Steele's
book; All The Fun's In How You Say A thing, is a fine book for
questions of this sort-and others. It is available through have fun dlc

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