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Prose vs. Verse

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Vanity Fair

on 7 October 2013

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Prose vs. Verse
Kate's final speech was expressed in blank verse, which means it was written without any rhyming.
BIONDELLO: Nay, by Saint Jammy.
I hold you a penny,
A horse and a man
Is more than one,
And yet not many. (Act 3, sc. 2, ln. 81)
Examples of Prose & Why Appropriate
BAPTISTA: Good morrow, neighbor Gremio. --God
save you gentlemen. (Act 2, sc.1, ln.43)
What is the Difference Between Prose and Verse?
Prose is used in ordinary conversations, or in everyday situations.
By: Danielle Ben-Shimon, Cory St. Pierre, and Alec Fox
Ex.'s of Verse & Why Appropriate
Baptista is greeting a suitor in prose because it is a relaxed conversation.
BIONDELLO: Oh, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned like the horse: with a linen stock on one leg and a kersey boot-horse on the other... (Act 3, sc.2, ln. 64)
Biondello is partaking in low comedy, usually executed in prose.
Verse is always used in songs because of its rhythmical aspect.
KATHERINE: 'I faith sir, you shall never need to fear.
I wis it is not halfway to her heart.
But if it were, doubt not her care should be
To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool
And paint your face and use you like a fool.
(Act 1, sc. 1, ln.62)
Verse is used throughout most of the play, like here.
More Ex.'s of Verse
When writing in verse, the writer is aiming for a sort of rhythm, and should give off a sense of poetry.
Also, It is easy to recognize verse, as the beginning of each line is capitalized, without regard to standard capitalization rules.
Verona, for a while I take my leave,
To see my friends in Padua, but of all
My best beloved and approved friend,
Hortensio; and I trow this is his house.
Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say (Act 1, sc. 2)
Petruchio used verse here because there is nothing exceptionally important about what he's saying, so it is like the majority of the novel: Verse.
GRUMIO:Nay, 'tis no matter, sir, what he 'leges in Latin.
if this be not a lawful case for me to leave his
service, look you, sir, he bid me knock him and rap
him soundly, sir: well, was it fit for a servant to
use his master so, being perhaps, for aught I see,
two and thirty, a pip out? Whom would to God I had
well knock'd at first, Then had not Grumio come by the worst.
Grumio is partaking in relaxed, day to day conversation which can be conveyed with prose.
Prose good when verse not appropriate
Ex: everyday life, letters, insane characters, cynicism
Verse used for momentous occasions, or soliloquies
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