hmm. I would say that poetry comes more easily to me, with prose I really have to work at it where as poetry for the most part seems to just flow for me and needs hardly any editing. hints why I have far more poetry pieces than prose :/
Hmm I can work well with both. Poetry, which is my main passion. I have developed a structure, which for me, keeps it a look easier than trying to reform a structure all the time. Also it's interesting to see how I can style each poem with a different theme, rhyme scheme, and mix up the word choice/imagery. Prose, on the overhand, is a problem. Since I was a kid I've taken to over-complicating my work. Which makes something quite simple become something inflated and lost in a pile of words. Still poetry I can write off top of my head within seconds, while prose I try and form some kind of plan. Though I prefer reading prose more than poetry (not a fan of non-rhyming poetry, it has to have a sort of beat to it like a song (which is what I try to implement in my own poetry and songs)).
Hmhmhmhmhmhm.... I daresay prose is more difficult for some, and poetry more difficult for others. It's different parts of the brain, in a sense. Need to be more rhythmic for one, more detailed for the other...
Prose, because I could never write a person, mostly - that whole idea of having a character escapes me, as in, making someone up and having things done to them and knowing how they would react, and knowing how they are regarding everything? I can't do that. People are too 3D for me.
Prose also tends to require a longer attention span, I think? How do you consistent plot? I mean, if I tried to write a long story, eventually I'd get bored and throw in dragons having an epic space opera in the plot for fun.
Poetry. Apart from poetry snobs, which I stereotype as being depressive and well-dressed, with a potential for alcoholism if old, and if young, a tendency to like Indie bands that only sing about the romantic mirages in their heads, having castrated almost any kind of spirit of rock and roll from their sound-- I consider the penning of good poetry to be.. a bitch.
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 12, 2012Student General Artist
Poetry. I love experimenting with different styles of poems--slam poetry, sonnets, rengas--but inevitably I haven't made enough study of any given form to do it well. I read prose far more than I read or listen to poetry, and as a result I can bang out a decent rough draft of a story pretty quickly, whereas a poem, it's like: "Okay! I wrote a line! ... Actually, j/k, hate that line. I wrote a word!"
Takes me forever. But then when I write a good one I feel all accomplished, so I keep doing it.
poetry is easier for me, becuase it is.. hmm... like a play with words. I write poetry to "picture" an emotion or feeling or yeah... but also because I simply think some words are beautiful and deserves to be used together with other beautiful words.
prose is for me more about getting a story "out". And it's hard for me not to hang up on details and make it purple prose-ish.
TheNAUGHTicalLifeFeatured By OwnerDec 11, 2012Professional Writer
I don't mean to say 'good' has a standard. I guess what I meant to say is that a person who wants to write just to write and is not trying to create 'good' art is going to find it easier to write a poem due to it's ease of form, good or bad.
I find prose a fair bit harder because my poetry generally have a rhythm or rhyme so one is restricted on such things. Prose on the otherhand, is freewheeling with no such restrictions and sometimes you just don't know where to go from a certain place. If you're stuck on poetry, you could easily, say yours last word was tear, make a list of wordsthat rhyme with tear e.g. here, clear, fear... and manipulate a sentance to fit it. Prose for me, when you're stuck, you stay stuck.
I do both and I definitely find poetry harder. I think the hardest part of prose is simply getting your story together which indeed does take a lot of thought.
But for poetry (especially deep and professional poetry), you have to quickly extract such vivid images, similes, and allusions from just your mind with little to no support from anything else. When I'm writing such descriptions in prose, figurative language comes easy because of the support from specific settings, characters and situations which have already been explained. And with no story but just a compilation of ideas and images, most times it's real hard to stay coherent or have direction. Furthermore, Poetry also requires rhythm, flow, timing and sometimes rhyming. Just look at this example: [link]
Well I'm a poet and I find writing prose to be extremely difficult. I am a lazy person at times, and I like to express my opinions in a short but passionate way. It is so much fun to find ways to move a reader with so little, and that is usually the challenge of most poets. I greatly admire prose writers because anytime I try to write prose I get intense writers block. It is annoying, because at times I think to write a book, or at least attempt to like in event like NanoRimo, but I can't. Hey my college essay, I wrote a poem because I couldn't write a proper essay because it didnt truly define who I am. That can be a limitation at times for me as well. So that is how I go
Oh i already did it I they were for supplement essays and I had spent so long trying to write an official essay, one that would sound quirky and nice but nothing came. Then I just started writing a poem in my Lit class and I was like 'omg this follows the prompt ahhhh' and i ended up writing 2 poem essays I am soo proud of them!!!
Most people think the source of my block is that I strive for perfection when I write so whenever i write a sentence i immediately hate it and erase it. It's really frustrating
Honestly, it depends on my mood. Sometimes prose rolls off my tongue/keyboard/pen/etc, and sometimes poetry is easier. Right now I think that I'm not in the mood to do either, but that could change in a couple of minutes.
Well, for poetry I need to be in a fairly simple mood, depending on the type of poetry. You know, de da de da de da de da. For prose, I need to be in more of a mood that looks closely at everything, because that's what I tend to do with prose. Although there have been the occasional twists between the two.
Honestly, I can find both difficult, depending upon what I need to say. Free verse is always easier than form, and dialogue can be a killer in stories. But I love to write both, so I guess I like a good challenge.
Gotcha. I just developed my style here. I found out what I like and what others like. I can blend them sometimes, but at other times I'm the only one the ends up liking what I write. That all that matters, really.
Prose (in my opinion) is much much harder. Well, that's if you're writing it from scratch (fanfictions aren't really from scratch - they have 'pre-made' characters and setting that are available) and you want it to be outstanding. It's all about making the ideas and writing flow together, and keeping your reader interested at the same time. Most poems are short, so the reader won't be easily bored. Plus, poems are more about expressing yourself rather than keeping the reader entertained - trust me when I say keeping readers entertained is downright difficult when you have no idea of what the general public want.
I write both poetry and prose, and prose will always be harder. Poetry has...I don't know...guidelines that make it easier. Prose, you just have to write and see where it goes.