My primary literary fascinations have long rested with Melville and Tolkien and Western Medieval poetics. Training as an English major, an English teacher and as an English Master's student have prepared me to pursue these interests by way of traditional literary analysis. Yet, tried and true academics have never quite satisfied me because insightful discussion and rigorous writing can never be so generative as to fulfill the creative urges the texts trigger in me. I always wanted to scrimshaw my own white whale, to draw my own map of Middle-earth, to sew together my own Frankenstein's monster.  Over time, ideas like illuminating my own edition of Beowulf in the original Old English became dreams of literary analysis and creative addition, a means to make more real the imaginative world the texts describe

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