Here was a master who was writing poems that appealed to the ear, with a dense, concentrated music quite unlike the slack, loose, prosy style of many American poets at the time.
Even so, better - perhaps - the fake-Scots of this bad-tempered poet's youth than the prosy dreariness of his maturity.
With publication, anecdotes became more polished, the characters less distinctive and stereotypical, the prevailing tone patronising and prosy .
Her character portraits are cold and bloodless, the larger vision is prosy and constipated, and her self-conscious literary tone has the musty odor of a vanity-press poetry journal.
And yet if it's inevitable that the Biennial ‘has something wrong with it’ - and we would be strangely disappointed if it did not - the exhibition regularly displays certain prosy virtues.
But some actors declaim it with that incipient sob that used to be the sine qua non of the grand style, while others trundle along prosily .
While many of his contemporaries took poetry toward prosiness , he cultivated what turned out to be a dazzling talent for rhyme.
And while language and the power of speech are the most consistent themes, the execution of the poems themselves - or at least of their translations - tends toward mere prosiness .