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Mythopoeia

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'''Mythopoeia''' (mythos-making) is a term coined by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] as a title of a [http://mercury.ccil.org/~cowan/mythopoeia.html poem of his] which was created as reaction to [[C.S. Lewis]]' statement that myths were "lies breathed through silver." The poem takes a position opposed to rationalism and materialism, referring to the creative human author as "the little maker" wielding his "own small golden sceptre" ruling his Subcreation (understood as genuine Creation within God's primary Creation)
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'''Mythopoeia''' (Greek, "mythos-making") is a term coined by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] as a title of a [http://mercury.ccil.org/~cowan/mythopoeia.html poem of his] which was created as reaction to [[C.S. Lewis]]' statement that myths were "lies breathed through silver." The poem takes a position opposed to rationalism and materialism, referring to the creative human author as "the little maker" wielding his "own small golden sceptre" ruling his Subcreation (understood as genuine Creation within God's primary Creation)
  
: I will not treat your dusty path and flat,  
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: denoting this and that by this and that,  
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''<poem>I will not treat your dusty path and flat,  
: your world immutable wherein no part  
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denoting this and that by this and that,  
: the little maker has with maker's art.  
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your world immutable wherein no part  
: I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,  
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the little maker has with maker's art.  
: nor cast my own small golden sceptre down.
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I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,  
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nor cast my own small golden sceptre down.</poem>''
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[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 15:31, 4 June 2008

Mythopoeia (Greek, "mythos-making") is a term coined by J.R.R. Tolkien as a title of a poem of his which was created as reaction to C.S. Lewis' statement that myths were "lies breathed through silver." The poem takes a position opposed to rationalism and materialism, referring to the creative human author as "the little maker" wielding his "own small golden sceptre" ruling his Subcreation (understood as genuine Creation within God's primary Creation)

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I will not treat your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by this and that,
your world immutable wherein no part
the little maker has with maker's art.
I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,
nor cast my own small golden sceptre down.