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Ask Marilyn: Justification of an Analogy
Edgar Corral of Phoenix, Arizona, writes:
Marilyn: A friend and I are debating whose justification of an answer to an analogy question is better. The question reads: "... stands to poetry as conversation stands to ..." The answer is "prose and song."
My friends's logic is that poetry is an artful extension of prose and song is an artful expression of conversation. My reasoning is that prose is casual writing and conversation is casual talking; poetry is writing in the best format, and song is speech in the best format. Whose justification is stronger?
No way is poetry the best way form of prose, and no way is singing the best way to converse or even talk. Or by "best," do you mean the more artistic? If you do, then your friend expressed the concept better.