Poetry is prose, bent out of shape. ~J. Patrick Lewis, www.jpatricklewis.com
The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes. ~W. Somerset Maugham
He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Always be a poet, even in prose. ~Charles Baudelaire, “My Heart Laid Bare,” Intimate Journals, 1864[P]oetry often brings consolation to the heart which prose has failed to touch… ~Luigi, Sweet Songs for Mourning Mothers, 1884
A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose. ~Samuel McChord Crothers, “Every Man’s Natural Desire to Be Somebody Else” The Dame School of Experience, 1920
If it doesn’t work horizontally as prose…
to be poetry.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Prose walks, poetry dances. ~Paul Valéry, paraphrased
Poetry blazons sexy words
with lusty, charming rhymes—
Prose is a sensible lover
who’s always done at the stop.
~Terri Guillemets, “On the Wings & Wagers of Winter,” 2015
Prose is too coarse, too heavy for romance —
We need poetry for love & all things of chance.
Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Prose is just poetry that can’t stop talking. ~Terri Guillemets, “Valerian song,” 1996
Mr Witwould: “Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies.”
Mrs Millamant: “Only with those in verse…. I never pin up my hair with prose.”
~William Congreve, The Way of the World
A poet is too impatient for prose. He needs an expressway to his emotions. ~Terri Guillemets