Prose is language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure, poetic line-breaks etc. It can be fictional or non-fictional.

Examples of prose include (but are not restricted to): 

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • non-fiction, e.g. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • speeches, e.g. a speech by the Prime Minister
  • journalism, e.g. an article in a newspaper
  • most of the writing we see around us, from advertising to the back of a cereal packet!

Prose is often contrasted with poetry. A hybrid form, prose poetry, also exists.