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Distinguishing poetry from prose is another important factor of Bible Interpretation.  About thirty percent of the Old Testament is written in poetry. Most older versions such as the King James Version doesn't indicate these differences between prose and poetry.  Newer versions such as New International Version, New Living Translation, and New English Bible are using different formats in writing prose from poetry.  You will notice such differences by looking at the narrative book of Genesis and the poetical book of Psalms in these newer versions.

Since poetry is concerned with emotions rather than the accurate descriptions of the message, it uses more figurative language more than prose.  With proper understanding, poetry is just as comprehensible as prose and they are easier to be memorized.

There are common features of poetry called parallelism, and you need to recognized them to help understands the main point of the poetry.

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