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Mythopoeic literature is literature that involves the making of myths. Notable mythopoeic authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald. Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, mainly novels, drama and poetry. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Mythology. ... Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an author and scholar. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... George MacDonald (December 10, 1824 – September 18, 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. ...


The term Mythopoeia (virtual Greek μυθοποεια "mythos-making") was coined by Tolkien as a title of a poem of his [1] as a reaction to 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) This is a list of poems written by J. R. R. Tolkien (years are the date of composition, if not stated otherwise) The Battle of the Eastern Field 1911 From the many-willowd margin of the immemorial Thames 1913 Goblin Feet 1915 The Happy Mariners 1920 The Clerkes... Rationalism, also known as the rationalist movement, is a philosophical doctrine that asserts that the truth can best be discovered by reason and factual analysis, rather than faith, dogma or religious teaching. ... Materialism is the philosophical view that the only thing that can truly be said to exist is matter; that fundamentally, all things are composed of material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions. ... Look up Creation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Creation is the following: Generally, creation is the act or result of bringing something into existence from nothing at all. ... God is the term used to denote the Supreme Being ascribed by monotheistic religions to be the creator, ruler and/or the sum total of, existence. ...

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.

The Mythopoeic Society exists to promote mythopoeic literature, partly by way of the Mythopoeic Awards. The Mythopoeic Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of fantasy and mythic literature. ... The Mythopoeic Awards for literature and literary studies are given by the Mythopoeic Society to authors of outstanding works in the fields of myth, fantasy, and the scholarly study of these areas. ...


 
 

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