Friday 23 December 2016

Mythopoeia: Tolkien's great, neglected, autobiographical poem

JRR Tolkien never wrote any autobiography; but i 1932 or 1933 he did write a long poem stating his creative philosophy: Mythopoeia (meaning 'myth-making').

There is a short excerpt in the famous essay On Fairy Stories - and Humphrey Carpenter discusses the poem in his authorised biography - but it has only been published once in an out of print collection of Tree and Leaf; so it is unlikely you have read it.

Now is the time to set that right.

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