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17191Re: [mythsoc] Silmarillion dramatization(s)

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  • Debra Murphy
    Nov 22, 2006
      Say, rather, Walter, poetic diction with a (to me) biblical feel. Particularly the earlier part of the book, more remote in time. Hearing Shaw read it, I was reminded continually of Genesis. It didn't have the same effect on me as reading it silently--it was far better.

      (There is, of course, such a thing, literally, as "biblical poetry", as in the Psalms, or Song of Songs, though that wasn't quite what I was thinking of.)

      I'm reminded, too, of an excellent recent op ed piece by Stephen King in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY in support of audiobooks--he was taking issue with some of Harold Bloom's more curmudgeonly comments on same. King pointed out, and I agree with him, that many a bad writer can get by as at least tolerable on the page--he mentioned Tom Clancy by name--but the minute such a book is read aloud by a good reader, the deficiencies became painfully obvious.

      In the case of SIL, I found myself falling in love with the book when I heard it read aloud, though it initially left me a bit cold when I read it on the page. Given Tolkien's own passion for philology, and particularly his aesthetic passion for the sound of certain languages and words, I couldn't help but wonder if he "heard" it more than "read" it when he was writing it, if you know what I mean. In fact, I'd be very curious if any critical work has been done on this aspect of JRRT as a writer--if anyone knows of any, please let me know.

      Debra Murphy
      www.idyllspress.com

      ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
      From: "Walter Padgett" <wpadgett@...>
      Reply-To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 11:40:31 -0500

      >what is "biblical" poetry?
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