J. R. R. Tolkien has a new book coming out next year, a 200-page narrative poem about King Arthur. From the British newspaper The Guardian:
I'm excited about this. I'm even excited about the narrative verse, which uses the alliterative patterns of very early English poetry, as in Beowulf. Here are the opening lines of The Fall of Arthur, as quoted in the Guardian:
Can you handle a story told in this kind of poetry?
Whatever happened to narrative verse? Other cultures and other times have loved stories told in poetry (think Chaucer, Milton, Longfellow). Have we just become too prosaic? Do you think Tolkien can bring back the form?