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Offline NedMarcus

Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:52:05 AM »
I've noticed that the monthly writing contest is for stories AND poetry. Has anyone ever read any fantasy poetry? Any recommendations?

I've read classic poetry that feels like fantasy: Paradise Lost, Beowulf, and the Four Zoas, but I've never come across any modern fantasy poetry. Please tell me there is. I'd love to try some.

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2019, 09:09:23 AM »
@Alex Hormann is the only one that ever attempted a poetry entry, if I remember correctly, hehe
I'm not that keen, if I'm honest, and I don't remember ever seeing fantasy poetry books.
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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2019, 12:04:37 PM »
I don't remember ever seeing fantasy poetry books.
Me neither, but I was living in hope. Perhaps our bard will know more :)

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2019, 04:14:28 PM »
Well, as @ScarletBea has been kind enough to say, I have a few entries in the contest that are poetry. Mother, maiden, Crone and Water are the two I can remember off the top of my head, but I'm sure I've done more. Though I should say they get very few votes for a reason.  ;)

Pretty much any Old English poetry (Beowulf, The Wanderer, etc.) can be read as fantasy. You've already read those and Paradise Lost, though. Edgar Allan Poe has a lot that I would count as fantasy. Annabelle Lee is possibly my favourite poem ever (if not, then The Raven). It's also been set to music by a lot of cracking artists. Christina Rosetti's Goblin Market might be worth a look in too.

Lord of the Rings and Malazan both have poetry in them, but I wouldn't call either one poetry. I can't think of nay other modern books that would count as fantasy poetry, but then it's not something I've really looked into.


The weird thing is that I don't really like reading poetry. Most of my short story entries have been when I've had an idea for a character or world but no plot to go with it. I enjoy writing poetry, but there's two reasons for that:

1) I like poetry that fits a world. So, if you think of a sonnet (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day . . .) it follows a set of rules set out by tradition and culture. I like to make up my own rules. For example, what if every line had to have thirteen syllables, with the first and last rhyming? That says something about the culture that would value that as an art form.

2) Following on from that, poetry is, for me, a way to boil down emotion into mathematics.  I hate hate hate free verse, and love putting patterns. For me, poetry is a mechanical thing as much as it is an artistic one. As another example, a poem where the dots and dashes of the 't' and 'i' in each word make a shorter poem in morse code.

It's possible I'm unique in all this, but when you sit through four years of poetry as part of your degree, you have to find some way to make it interesting for yourself.

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 11:35:12 AM »
I hate hate hate free verse, and love putting patterns.

Me too. I've thought about trying to write some for the monthly contest, despite the likelihood of not gaining a single vote. Maybe I'll start a collection of unfinished fantasy poems, alongside all the unfinished short stories that have never quite made it into the contest.

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2019, 12:19:38 PM »
I hate hate hate free verse, and love putting patterns.


I wrote poetry once in a while (although I'm quite terrible at it, hahah  ;D), and I so totally agree with this. Free verse is just so bizarre. If you aren't going to write rhyming verses, why bother writing a poem?

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 01:52:19 PM »
Both I and the Gem Cutter have entered poems I think. Aaaand we ever have a poetry thread!

I like all kinds of poems even free verse

In my WIP, music plays a strong role as that's how stories legends etc reach the people so I've got a few songs in there. They rhyme

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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 01:13:04 AM »
I did an “epic” poem (or epic fail, depending on your POV) for a recent contest here:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(oct-2017)/(oct-2017)-find-the-story-in-the-picture-submission-thread/msg178854/#msg178854

I also did a brief poem way back:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(apr-2017)/(apr-2017)-scavenger-hunt-submission-thread/msg170063/#msg170063

In terms of fantasy poetry and the hatred of free verse, Stephen R. Donaldson did some really bad free verse style poetry for the first Thomas Covenant book.

I’m not familiar with any modern writer doing an entire fantasy story in verse.
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Re: Fantasy Poetry
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 05:44:19 AM »
The Lays of Beleriand, written by Tolkein, are the only fantasy in verse I know of. They recount material/events depicted in the Silmarillion, which is decidedly not for everyone. They are beautiful in their way in many places, particularly when Luthien puts Morgoth to sleep.
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