100 Differences Between Poetry and Prose

 

poetry stops before the end of the margin

you can talk about prose without mentioning school

you don’t read poetry to get from Glasgow to Saltcoats without noticing

 

John Menzies doesn’t stock poetry

whoever heard of war & peace having the line as a unit of semantic yield

you can call a poem what you want and say its poetic licence

 

poetry is the subliminal history of linguistic shape

ahem

poetry has four wheels, two wings and a pair of false teeth

 

poetry is the heart and the brain divided by the lungs

poetry is the world’s oldest cock and fanny story

 

you don’t get prose in anapaestic dimeters

nobody publishes their first slim volume of prose

aristotle never wrote The Proses

 

if you dribble past five defenders, it isn’t called sheer prose

poets are the unacknowledged thingwaybobs

 

poetry is quintessentially contrapuntal

the square root of poetry is an ever-evolving quark

whenever Vergil looked in the mirror, he beheld an epic Latin poet

 

poetry is all the juicy bits in the juiciest order

poetry is jellied religion

pascal: if your labourers complain too much, try taking them to a poetry reading

 

prose goes scchhpludd

prose goes scchhpludd scchhpludd clomp clomp clomp

are you sitting comfortably

 

then I’ll end

 

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