It’s always good to spot your name in print (even if it’s spelled wrongly!)

For a Tolkienist it’s especially good to find yourself in Tolkien Studies; even just a mention in ‘The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies.’

So I’m happy to forgive the misspelling and share with you Edith L. Crowe’s note:

‘After a long list of publications on Tolkien’s prose, the appearance in 2013 of a volume on his poetry has brought us Sue Bridgewater’s (sic) comparison of Tolkien and Yeats in “What is it but a dream? Tolkien’s ‘The Sea Bell’ and Yeats’ ‘The Man who dreamed of Fairyland'” (Eilmann and Turner 117-51). Faerie is traditionally located over the sea, west, underground, or in a forest. Bridgewater reviews aspects of Faerie and notes how they are applied in Tolkien-for example, time difference, dream vision. Both poems have a sonnet-like ‘turn.’ “The vocabulary of margins, of liminality, forges a strong point of similarity between the two poems: shores, seas, sands, fish, ships, things that live or move between elements” (128). “The chief thing these poems have in common is the ambiguity of their typological status, or to state the same idea more positively, the rich mixture of tradition blended into each work” (140). Curiously, both Tolkien and Yeats were unsatisfied with the poems in question.’

Tolkien’s Poetry

Tolkien Studies 13

Tolkien's poetry cover image.jpg  TS 13 cover image


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