Today in class, we were supposed to compare prose and poetry and write down the differences. I can write the differences between a poem and an essay. I can write the differences between an essay and a vignette. But between prose and poetry? I was stuck with this one. Actually, I didn't even know the meaning of prose before this lesson. And I still don't.
As I said earlier, no one can define poetry or prose. So how can you compare them? how do you tell if a piece of writing is a poem or not a poem? And if it's not a poem, is it a prose? All these famous poets can write literally anything and pass it off as a poem. But if someone ordinary writes something and says it is a poem, they get judged and told off that it's not a poem, it's a prose. But how do they know? It's a poem to the writer, right? So you can't tell them off that it's a prose.
To me, poetry and prose are the same thing. The forms of writing within these two categories might not be, but the categories are the same. There shouldn't have even been a line of differentiation in the first place. And I don't get it. Poetry has only one style of writing in it: Poems. But prose has everything else: essays, vignettes, biographies, etc. Why are they comparing ONE style of writing with the rest?