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Re: Old Favourites which have gone to the suck fairy 🧚??? I've not outgrown any books that I loved, but it's a thought provoking question. A book is not a text or a plot or paper - it's made of those things, but what it is is actually a very different thing. It's an experience that is much more about the reader than the story, and those experiences vary a lot, especially when you're talking about re-reading. For me, there's a conscious desire to return "there", and that means abandoning the things I've learned since the time when I first read a scene and the time when I discovered the 'argument' or theme is limited or idealistic or whatever. I think if you are re-reading, you're choosing to meet with an old friend, and that means you're willing to look past their shortcomings. And that's really a form of love.
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Re: Fantasy Poetry 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.

January 20, 2019, 04:14:28 PM