December 16th, 2009


Shakespearian Sonnets - Four for Aragorn

Going back through my archives I was surprised to find I'd done so very many adaptations of Shakespearian sonnets, a whopping 30+! I'll be posting those today, collecting them into lots to make it more manageable.

I have a slender volume of Shakespeare's sonnets that is mildly dogeared, he has a knack for always sounding so grand, no matter what the topic, and as such lends himself to the drama and grandiose literary panorama that is Tolkien's world.

Four for Aragorn:
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Classic poetry adaptations, en masse

It is an ancient Wizard friend,
And he stoppeth here for me.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

Considering the large number of well known classic works and poets that I've adapted to Tolkien's themes over the years, I've decided the best route here is to simply provide a link to where they can all be found already indexed:

You can navigate from this one to the following pages - the last two pages are the Shakespearian sonnets that may also be found here on LJ.

I think the appeal of adapting is not necessarily always a framework for 'parody' but rather a challenge to myself to see if I can match the tone, style and word choices of famous poets. Some of them took quite a lot of work, others were simple off-the-cuff writings, but I like to think they shan't disappoint - many have been so completely reworked that very little of the original remains aside from a faint familiarity in the rhythm and style, others still somewhat resemble 'themselves.'

Poets include Tennyson, Wordsworth, Bronte, Frost, Yeats, Whitman, Poe, Longfellow, Coleridge, Service, Browning, Shelley, Burns, Whitman, cummings, Byron, etc.