Re: [mythsoc] Re: Tolkien as literature?
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From: Michael Martinez
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 10:36 PM
Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Tolkien as literature?
I don't think his uneven style is due to any flaw in his writing
ability. Tolkien understood he was creating a work unlike any
--Yes, each style use is consciously chosen (the reason I had "uneven" in quotes).
I think Tom Shippey was right when he said that some of the critics
just don't get it. Tolkien put the story first. So, I agree that
the writing was subservient to the story-telling. But I don't
believe you'll find another writer from the 20th century who
possessed the combination of skill, training, and intuition that
Tolkien brings to the printed page.
--Thank you! For anyone who found my rambling unclear, just read Michael's post, as he's saying what I was trying to. Many "literary critics" are looking at such specific things that they miss the overall picture. Their definition of writing quality is limited to "literary elements," whatever they might be. Tolkien's "...combination of skill, training, and intuition" isn't something they're used to dealing with. They "just don't get it," certainly.
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