On Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:08:21 -0400, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>"The Princeton Encyclopedia says the following: A Composition able to have
any or all features of the lyric except that it is put on the page--though
not conceived of--as prose. It differs from poetic prose in that it is short
and compact, from free verse in that it has no line breaks, from a short
prose passage in that it has, usually, more pronounced rhythm, sonorous
effects, imagery, and a density of expression. It may contain even inner
rhyme and metrical runs."
Since high school the first chapter of "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan
Patton has always impressed me as being poetic. But then I didn't major in
English or literature. Do you all think that this qualifies as a prose poem?
There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are
grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The
road climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there
is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa. About you
there is grass and bracken and you may hear the forlorn crying of the
titihoya, one of the birds of the veld. Below you is the valley of the
Umzimkulu, on its journey from the Drakensberg to the sea; and beyond and
behind the river, great hill after great hill; and beyond and behind them,
the mountains of Ingeli and East Griqualand.
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