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Prose Poetry: An Introduction

Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton


This is the first book of its kind — an introduction to the history, development, and features of English-language prose poetry, an increasingly important and popular literary form that is still too little understood and appreciated. The book introduces prose poetry's key characteristics, charts its evolution from the nineteenth-century to the present, and discusses many historical and contemporary prose poems that both demonstrate their great diversity around the Anglophone world and show why they represent some of today's most inventive writing. A prose poem looks like prose but reads like p ... More

Keywords: prose poetry, prose poem, internal rhyme, repetition, compression, prose poets, Russell Edson, Lydia Davis, Charles Simic, Claudia Rankine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180656
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hetherington, author
University of Canberra

Cassandra Atherton, author
Deakin University