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W.H. Auden, for what it's worth,

NZ Strider
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Jan 9 2013, 11:19am


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liked "Frodo's Dreme" (aka "The Sea Bell" -- Nr. 15 in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) according to Letter Nr. 295, though one may suspect that Auden was being polite. I think that Squire hits the nail on the head when he says that Tolkien was good at metrical forms rather than at writing poetry; I would, however add that Tolkien had the misfortune to write in an age when there was very little interest amongst critics in metrical forms. Another age might have paid more attention to his poetry and might have valued his mastery of form for its own sake.

In my opinion, Tolkien's compositions in alliterative verse (e.g. the "Lay of the Children of Hurin" in Lays of Beleriand) are better than those in modern rhyming verse; but hardly any modern critic is interested in alliterative verse.

(Just poking my nose in cautiously to see if the oak panelling has been polished recently; if the leather easy chairs are still nice and comfy; and if the books on the shelves still have nice leather bindings and gilt-edged pages. Yes, yes, all seems in order.)

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Tolkien's poetry nothinglikethesun9 Send a private message to nothinglikethesun9 Jan 7 2013, 5:22pm
    And... nothinglikethesun9 Send a private message to nothinglikethesun9 Jan 8 2013, 2:02am
        "If you start thinking [about Tolkien], you’ve got to stop reading." squire Send a private message to squire Jan 8 2013, 2:39am
            AS Byatt's books CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 8 2013, 10:41am
        I don't know - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 9 2013, 12:15pm
        POSSESSION may allude to Tolkien's poetry. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 9 2013, 1:28pm
    W.H. Auden, for what it's worth, NZ Strider Send a private message to NZ Strider Jan 9 2013, 11:19am
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        OMG. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 9 2013, 1:16pm
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                Quick reply to all... NZ Strider Send a private message to NZ Strider Jan 11 2013, 5:42pm
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