Merry Waits

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Poetry: Drama

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A sestina about Merry at the end of the War of the Ring...

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

I'm no great scanner of poetry, but I admire people who can turn out a sestina that really makes sense, and particularly given that one is writing within the constraints of someone else's story. Merry's anxiety over Pippin, his fear of being left alive alone, the falling back into doubt about the survival of his friends only to be reassured, all feel very real. Well done, Dreamflower!

Author response: I have always thought that poor Merry got a really raw deal among the hobbits who went forth on the Quest. Yes, Frodo and Sam had it tougher in Mordor, but they had each other; and Pippin and Merry were separated. But only poor Merry had

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Merry Waits is a beautiful character study. Dreamflower's examinations of his mind is lyrical and stunning. The Hobbit's thoughts here are well-expressed and emotionally appropriate.

Author response: Thank you so much! Merry's character is a beautiful one to examine!

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 3

I’m in awe of Dreamflower for writing such a moving poem within the challenging technical constraints of this poetry form. The complex repetition of the key words effectively conveys Merry’s roller coaster of emotions in the final days of the war.

Author response: Thank you so much! Sestinas are a challenge, but I do enjoy writing them. And of course, Merry really was on an emotional roller-coaster, poor dear!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 2

An interesting and emotional poem, well crafted, on Merry's thoughts about war, battle, the quest, and the fate of his friends. Well done.

Author response: Thank you very much! It is always good to know that I've managed to get the emotion across in a poem!