Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.
An example of prose is the writing in Catcher in the Rye.
Origin of prose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Used in English since 1330, from Old French prose, the Latin word prÅsa (“straightforward") from the term prÅsa ÅrÄtio (“a straightforward speech- i.e. without the ornaments of verse"). The term prÅsa (“straightforward") is a colloquial form of prorsa (“straight forwards") which is the feminine form of prorsus (“straight forwards"), from Old Latin prÅvorsus (“moving straight ahead"), from pro- (“forward") + turned, form of vertÅ (“I turn"). Compare verse.