The Written Word

Writing & the Reviewer: Prose


Prose & the Reviewer

As a reviewer who is also a writer, I am keenly aware of an author’s prose in the books I read. The Oxford English Dictionary defines prose as “written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.” I define it as the composition of an author’s writing:  the style, the patterns of description, the craft techniques, and the mastery of the language he or she employs.

I have noticed that the authors who exhibit a mastery with prose are those who are innovative with their imagery, who use metaphor and simile expertly, and who create a sensory masterpiece of their tale. The books that stand out to me are ones that showcase an elegance, lyricism, and intelligence in the prose. This elevates the craft to an art that resonates and lingers in my mind long after I have turned the last page.