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My english teacher just assigned a project about poets in the 20th century. We are supposed to research one poet from the 20th century and then give an oral presentation where we talk about 2-3 poems in detail and then write a 600ish word essay about why he is the person we researched. we then have to write a poem in a similar style as our person.

Gold star for anyone who can guess which poet I'm doing.

If anyone has any helpful recourses for a list of all the poems in one place that would be great. Helpful suggestions as to which of his poems I should go more in depth on would also be really nice. Thanks in advance.

Here is where I am now, please help me

Song of New Hope

Accessed via

This is the one that makes me cry without referencing ME once. Yes, it’s about Fingolfin, BUT, we can look at it without that. Pretty great.

Next is a choice between Toms song and The Man in the Moon Came Down to Soon,

again, both accessed via gray havens

Just “nonsense rhymes” that are actually really cool. Huge contrast with the first poem, which is nice. If I could have my way I would do tommies, but I am not sure yet if I have to explain some things. I will probably not explain anything, but I have to talk with my teacher anyway so I can ask her if I should try to avoid it despite wishing I could do toms song.

Finally, my favorite of the three: The Travelling Song

Probably going to go with this second, new hope third and the other one first. This is something inspirational, and I am going to do my best to make everyone in my class cry. This poem is all about mystery and adventure, and unfortunately ends before going on to my favorite aspect of all Tolkien's works. That aspect is: Mystery and Adventure are vanishing.

From the intro to Lost Tales Two

“ attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.”

Well, in my opinion, that attraction exists or existed in this world, but unfortunately modernisation has destroyed the mystery, it has destroyed the magic. This is an overarching theme in Tolkiens work, (fading of elves, fall of Numenor, life sucks now but once it was beautiful), and this poem conjures up once more these towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. I’ll do my best to get everyone in the class to see these towers, then see that they are not real. If I make someone cry I will have communicated my message powerfully.