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  •  Lovely to see a diary exploring myth and metaphor, (11+ / 0-)

    and understanding myth in the way it seems real to me too:

    It is typical in our age to be dismissive of myth, which is generally considered a synonym for lie. But a lie is meant to deceive or hide a truth, whereas a myth is meant to illuminate a truth through a story.

    I"m not sure that's the whole definition.  I think, for instance, that myth works with language in non-rational ways, through symbols, to affect people on deep levels, evoking and nurturing qualities valued in a particular culture, making connectons the culture "remembers" as important, etc.   And probably some other things...  It's about the use of language in ways that are different from, but not necessarily the enemy of, linear logical thought.  Not necesarily the enemy unless people get locked into authoritarian literalism, that is, and believe everyone MUST understand the myth exactly the way they do.

    Myth is very related to poetry, and I love both.

    Thanks for this diary.  

    •  Insightful post! :) :) (5+ / 0-)

      This diary has attracted a score of people whom I've seen around a lot but whom I never relized how very alike we are in ideas about poetry and myth and the role of the arts in our world today, which is of supreme importance to me.

      Fiona, you are exactly right; spot-on. As I said to the diarist, I'm stunned! These aren't conventional or common ideas--esp. not on this rather one-sidedly rationalistic blog. Cheers to you! :)

      God bless our tinfoil hearts.

      by aitchdee on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 07:32:27 PM PDT

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    •  And both myth and poetry (1+ / 0-)
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      are realized in music.  At least for me, a musician to the end.  

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 08:31:07 AM PDT

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