The Girl of Pearl and of Jealousy (a poem meter created by Tolkien)

A Poem By Kassady // 12/23/2011

Hi guys! This was a poem I wrote one day, after being inspired by a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien called Errantry. here is the information. Here is the full poem.

He made up his own Meter, which is really impressive. If you go to the information link it explains the rules of the poem. But I'll try to explain as best I can. Here:

"Tolkien invented the meter, which consists of trisyllabic assonances, three in each set of four lines. The second and fourth line in every quartet rhyme, as do the end of the first line and beginning of the second line in every pair."

So here is the example they gave on Wikipedia:

"He battled with the Dumbledors,

the Hummerhorns, and Honeybees,

and won the Golden Honeycomb,

and running home on sunny seas,

in ship of leaves and gossamer,

with blossom for a canopy,

he sat and sang, and furbished up,

and burnished up his panoply."

That was actually in the real poem! Isn't it awesome!? I would advise you read the poem! Its great! So I thought the Meter was spectacular! So I made my own poem using his Meter! And here it is! Hope you like it! :

She was girl,

Of pearl and of Jealousy,

Her pocket's were full of Gold,

But I am told she was quite Melancholy.

Of friends she had none,

No Fun were they to her,

She'd rather be lonely,

Then Parley with girls below her.

Men from around the Globe,

In luscious robes and leather boots,

Would come to her courting,

Snorting she'd ignore the pursuits.

Her beauty was like a Peacock,

Lock's of gold and skin of pearl white,

Dress of velvet blue and green,

Seen bright in the light.

Though something inside her,

A cur of appalling violence,

A slithering snake of spite,

A parasite growing in the silence.

Mad was her lust for Beauty,

Money and Admiration,

Herself she had doomed,

Selfishness consumed her self-preservation.

She was a girl,

Of pearl and of Jealousy,

Her pocket's were full of gold,

Though I am told she was quite melancholy.


I Recomend

I Recomend everyone try this meter! IT'S SO FUN! It's like a brainteaser... a... brianpoem! LOL!

Kassady | Sat, 01/14/2012

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!

  Hey, good job! I never knew

  Hey, good job! I never knew Tolkien had made up his own meter, and you did quite well with it :) The poem itself was good, too :D

Laura Elizabeth | Tue, 02/28/2012

The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --


I really appreciate your encouragement! I definitely advse you try it out, I think it's the best metre ever! SO SUPER FUN!

Thanks again,
Write on!

Kassady | Tue, 02/28/2012

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!


Amazing.  As much of a Tolkein fan as I am, I still didn't know that he created his own meter... although I had noticed his poems had a certain feel to them that I couldn't quite place.
Thanks for posting this!  I just learned something.
I would only add as a point of critique that you don't want to use apostrophes in plural nouns (pockets instead of pocket's, lines 3 and 27, and locks instead of lock's, line 14).
But other than that, great job!  I enjoyed reading this.

James | Wed, 02/29/2012

"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle


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