Poetry vs Prose: Hark, I Hear A Cosmic Overtone.

Ah yes.

Poetry versus prose.

The Queen of the literary competitions.

But first:

The basics.


contains: meter, rhyme, verse, theme

Prose: character, setting, plot, point of view, theme, and mood.

(I found this on a children’s lit page on the web-  thank heavens)

So, poetically speaking, here goes:

“On creativity, friends, and the passage  of time…”

(by me- not from the web)

“I sing now an ode

to viruses-

computer and nasal:


Ah yes:


The kind of thing Edgar Allen would definitely kill to avoid.

Although, as I wrote a fellow blogger this morning,

there are poems for every occasion:

for the Sean Connery type: I suggest John Donne’s “Valediction Forbidding Mourning”

for the lover of mankind, Donne’s meditation 17: “No man is an Island”,

containing the famous words- used by Hemingway –

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls.”

or for those who don’t (love),

or have very little time,

or don’t really like poetry:

Ogden Nash:

The fly:

“The Lord in His wisdom has made the fly. And then forgot to tell us why.”

Also often heard in the church version “Oh my, didn’t God just make YOU special.”

And then, there is my own Ogden Nash favorite:


“…when called by a panther, don’t anther.”

Ah yes, poetry,


as opposed to

P(lain) (p)rose-


and having risen,

moves on.

To new and better things,

Like drama.

Or comedy:

the combination sublime,

the yin and yang,

of all that has been, and will go before.

Perfect wisdom in a nutshell.

Or a belly laugh.

epic, lyric, dramatic, all in one.

From the Divine Comedy to Groucho Marx.

How do YOU write banana peel?

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