"Our language now has become quick-moving (in syllables), and may be very supple and nimble, but is rather thin in sound and in sense too often diffuse and vague. the language of our forefathers, especially in verse, was slow, not very nimble, but very sonorous, and was intensely packed and concentrated - or could be in a good poet."
The Fall of Arthur - J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien, on the difference between Modern English and Old English