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POSSESSION may allude to Tolkien's poetry.

N.E. Brigand
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Jan 9 2013, 1:28pm


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The best article in Lembas-extra 2009 is "The Name of the Tree: Mythopoeia and The Garden of Proserpina by Renee Vink. Of this article, David Bratman writes that it:


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is a straightforward source-comparison study, noting commonalities between two works and speculating whether the later-written is a response to the earlier. The difference from the usual run of Tolkien source studies is that the work being compared to Tolkien’s poem Mythopoeia postdates it, though it claims to predate it. The Garden of Proserpina appears in A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession (1990), where it is attributed to a fictional character who is a Victorian-era poet. Both works extol the sub-creative human imagination, and, strikingly, both address this abstract concept in verse. Specific points and imagery (notably that of a tree) are also common to both authors. Vink traces the common references to Platonic ideas from Plato forward through Vico and Barfield, and discusses Byatt’s complex love-hate relationship with Tolkien as expressed, both explicitly and implicitly, in many of her works. She concludes that Byatt’s knowledge of Tolkien is sufficiently extensive, and the matching of imagery sufficiently close, that the homage in The Garden of Proserpina is deliberate.


(Source: "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2009" in Tolkien Studies, vol. 9 (2012).)

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