I admit I have never been much of a poetry person until coming
to these boards. I always thought poetry was silly or hard to
understand. However, I have learned to appreciate the wonderful
poetry you all have been writing, probably because it's about a
subject near and dear to my heart. I took a college literature class
2 years ago and discovered a type of poetry that I actually liked.
It's called Found Poetry. The essence of it is that you can find
poetry anywhere. When you compose found poetry using a piece of
literature, it helps you develop an appreciation for the author's
use of descriptive language and helps you develop your personal
sense of poetic style. Here's how to write found poetry using a
piece of literature:
Here's my humble example which I composed using 2 pages from the
Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
All of the words, including the title can be found within those two pages.
Eowyn, Eomund's Daughter
Her bright hair gleamed with pale gold,
Eyes grey as the sea, tears on her cheek.
Sword in her hand and shield raised
Against the horror of her enemy's eyes.
Maiden of Rohirrim, child of kings,
Fair yet terrible.
A swift stroke she dealt, skilled and deadly.
Light fell about her.
Struggling up with her last strength,
She drove her sword between crown and mantle.
A cry went up into the shuddering air
And faded to shrill wailing.
A voice, bodiless and thin
Was swallowed up and never heard again
In that age of this world.
I'm sure all of you talented writers and poets can produce some
wonderful found poetry from Tolkien's writings.