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it's a nice bit of verse actually:

all that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost...

the opening line particularly with its twist on the old English folksaying "all that glitters is not gold", is rather fetching, and I personally have an affection for half-rhymes like "glitter/wither" in English verse.  Tolkien had a facility with metric verse (an unkind carping critic might mutter "doggerel", but imho unfairly) comparable to Kipling's...

... and that tradition comes home to "serious" verse with Auden, probably by a narrow margin and out of a wide field my favourite of the English poets -- and thence down to modern times in the bitter work of Larkin, another favourite...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 12:33:15 PM EST
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Then I'll concede this one - I'd forgotten it was from verse (last reading of TLOTR 1968...), and he does do it well.

And how I like Auden and Larkin!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 01:29:13 PM EST
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