This article discusses the phenomenon of imitating by 20th-century reportage prose of the historically diverse varieties of the so-called non-numerical verse (Mediaeval asyllabic verse and contemporary graphical text). The author argues that prose and non-numerical verse constitute not only mutually opposite forms of textual organisation but also, as it were, two voices (understood in formal mimesis categories) between which a broad scale of imitative options emerges. In this way, he explains the phenomenon of analogy between the structure of line and the structure of sentence, as described in metrics/prosody studies. The main part of this article presents quotations from the output of R. Kapuscinski, H. Krall, S. Szmaglewska, and M. Wankowicz, each containing short, one-sentence, paragraphs, which enables to compare the two units, i.e. line and paragraph. This comparison indicates that certain phenomena hitherto approached as typically versification-related ones, such as obligatory pause, intersemiotic equivalence, or even enjambement (with respect to a certain melodic form), all appear in prose as well, and it is prose, in fact, that is their mother area out of which they at times tend to be transferred into the domain of verse. In its final section, the article refers to declamation models related to prose, highlighting their role in the shaping of the presently binding method of giving so-called free verse and of overcoming its relation with recorded and graphically organised text, a relation proving stronger than for numerical verse.
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