December 17th, 2009

bilbo

The Red Book: a Sestina

Open this book and see what you'll find...

After some thought, I've decided that my existing Tolkien poetry will be uploaded to LJ in the order of the story they illustrate (more or less). The Red Book is the beginning, when we metaphorically sit ourselves down by the fire and begin to read the adventure laid out before us. This particular work is in the form of a sestina, in which key words are re-used and shuffled around at the ending of the various stanzas lines.

The Red Book
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writing, pen

Greyhame

Enter Gandalf, center stage.

This is the first of what will be several that are written in 'free verse', though I do make effort to capture a rhythm - free verse is all too often used as an excuse for 'random' verse in my experience, so I feel a need to reassure the reader that while they ebb and flow with their content, they are not the lazy paint splats of poetry you may have encountered in writing classes while in school.

Greyhame
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bilbo

Frodo, Laughing and Very Old Friend

Smaller verses for a welcome cart coming over the Hill.

Frodo, Laughing
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Then to the welcome fireside - there is nothing like very old friends:

Very Old Friend
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