Is Poetry Common or Individual?

We had some discussion on this blog last year in which someone said he’d always regarded poetry, once produced, as Universal and not belonging to the poet anymore. I was rather aghast at this idea, coming from a background in which individualism was prized, but I have contemplated since then this question. Which is not…

Prophets Old and Mountains Cold

“… such an expression as ‘prophets old’ may, and probably will, ‘mean’ something quite different from ‘old prophets’. -Owen Barfield, Poetic Diction In contemporary English we almost never place an adjective after the noun it modifies. Why and how did Tolkien get away with doing so in his poetry? And does this make him a…