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All literature is formed of stories – the novel ideas and shorter tales, the fantasy and truth. Prose is the only technique to capture language, you are certain; and it is this certainty that leads you strolling past shelves, noting every title that’s offered to you. Books are understood and expected. You know their chapters and high word counts (even if those sometimes intimidate you). You recognize their structures and forms. But what you don’t recognize is the sudden injection of poetry between all of the epics. It sits there, as if placed deliberately within this section. But that’s impossible, you’re sure. This aisle of classics is not to include Verse… except it does.

Your misconceptions are shattered and your feelings toward rhymes are forced to change.

Literature is the art of the written word; and that includes poetry. It is not unlikely to find iambic pentameter shelved alongside proper grammar, haikus slipped between satires. The two instead exist together, creating the fictional (and non-fictional) elements of ink and letters. Books are not the only offering of the literary movement. They must instead share the concept.

Prose: defined by a lack of meter and a more experimental structure, Prose is the most commonly recognized form of literature. It defines all novels, short stories and plays (assuming they are not written in Verse). Its rules shift with every author; its techniques are never forced; and it is what most individuals assume to find among the many aisles.

Verse: explaining the lines of poetry and lack of grammatical sensibility, Verse is the second form of literature. It is typically shaped to certain rules and expectations, following the categories of rhymed, blank and free. While it may be as lengthy as some Prose works, it is usually captured in shorter expressions. It is also composed of stanzas rather than chapters.

Books are not always to be limited to long paragraphs and stuffed word counts. They can instead be filled to rhyme. Prose and Verse are vital components of all literature and should be celebrated for their importance.

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