The Art of Poetic Prose
A guide to better writing
In some scenarios, you want the writing to take on a more lyrical tone rather than relying only on exact words. John Milton was an absolute master of poetry, penning some of the most beautiful phrases in Paradise Lost using a blank verse form.
“The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.” ― John Milton
While writing The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald used oxymorons and personification, two literary tropes.
How does The "Great Gatsby" use oxymorons?
The oxymoron "ferocious delicacy" implies that Mr. Wolfshiem is eating his dinner both barbarically and graciously, highlighting the underlying paradoxes of the upper society to which Wolfshiem and Gatsby belong.
The Poetic Prose trope is used to describe writing that has a certain poetic quality.
Once you understand how poetry works, you may utilize it in many ways to improve your writing.
Whether you're attempting to transform an essay into a more free-flowing art form or infuse poetic language into a short narrative, here are a few writing strategies for writing more poetically.