Scansion is Fun! (Really…This isn’t just the English Teacher talking…)

Scansion, or the process of marking the metrical patterns of a line of poetry, is not nearly as difficult as it sounds, especially if you are a naturally rhythmic person. Before we get into actually deciphering stressed and unstressed syllables, let's take a look at the symbols we'll use to mark these: ยด=stressed syllable (represented … Continue reading Scansion is Fun! (Really…This isn’t just the English Teacher talking…)

The Tolkien Bias

A 14 February 2000 article in the New Statesman reviewing a BBC adaptation of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy states the following about Peake's peer in the fantasy writing business: Tolkien's fictional writings are fantasies, and not only in the literary genre to which they belong. The donnish cleverness with which Tolkien fabricated his imagined world … Continue reading The Tolkien Bias