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I can't help but think about what Tolkien thought about this poem.



What did he think? I know he didn't like Williams but I don't know what he said about the poem.

I meant might have thought.

I would like something that Tolkien wrote after Williams died, but I am 600 miles away from my book. maybe later this week.


Re the above discussion: Mary wanted to post this but was having trouble, so she emailed it to me. I had been thinking something along the same lines, but this expresses it much better.

From THE FOUR LOVES, Harcourt edition, 1960, page 61, In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. Now that Charles is dead, I shall never again see Ronald's reaction to a specifically Caroline joke. Far from having more of Ronald, having him "to myself" now that Charles is away, I have less of Ronald. Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves. . . .


Very good. I think I've seen this before although I've never read The Four Loves (all the way through--started it once or twice). I stumbled over "Caroline" just now and I think I recall doing it before.

Caroline took me a moment.


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