prose has created an entire world populated with characters that jump off the page.
Washington, DC, just a few blocks from Politics and prose bookstore.
prose accordingly was elaborated with infinite difficulty by these first speculators from the elements of common speech.
He himself describes them as "prose Recreations of a Rhymer."
This indeed is what the French rightly call prose mesure, rather than Verse.
prose, that is, has attempted something to which it is not equal.
Why, you ought, prose,” replied Seymour; “you have never been on service yet.
Well, prose, are you thinking of your friends in Cheap-side?
prose must be rhythmical, and it may be as much so as you will; but it must not be metrical.
Seymour and prose had both passed their examination, when the Aspasia was at Bombay.
c.1300, "story, narration," from Old French prose (13c.), from Latin prosa oratio "straightforward or direct speech" (without the ornaments of verse), from prosa, fem. of prosus, earlier prorsus "straightforward, direct," from Old Latin provorsus "(moving) straight ahead," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + vorsus "turned," past participle of vertere "to turn" (see verse).
"Good prose, to say nothing of the original thoughts it conveys, may be infinitely varied in modulation. It is only an extension of metres, an amplification of harmonies, of which even the best and most varied poetry admits but few." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]Meaning "prose writing; non-poetry" is from mid-14c. The sense of "dull or commonplace expression" is from 1680s, out of earlier sense "plain expression" (1560s). Those who lament the want of an English agent noun to correspond to poet might try prosaist (1776), proser (1620s), or Frenchified prosateur (1880), though the first two in their day also acquired in English the secondary sense "dull writer."