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or myth·o·pe·ic  (mĭth′ə-pē′ĭk) also myth·o·po·et·ic (-pō-ĕt′ĭk)
1. Of or relating to the making of myths.
2. Serving to create or engender myths; productive in mythmaking.

[From Greek mūthopoios, composer of fiction, from mūthopoiein, to relate a story : mūthos, story + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

myth′o·poe′ia (-pē′ə), myth′o·po·e′sis (-pō-ē′sĭs) n.


(ˌmɪθəʊpəʊˈɛtɪk) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a variant of mythopoeic
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Grazina Cieskaite, a younger poet, takes this same faith into deep, brooding forests of complex mythopoetic imagery, through which she then travels on a road without end.
Two of the most popular books written in what we might call the "Christian mythopoetic years" were written by Catholics: Patrick Arnold's (1991), Wildmen, Warriors and Kings: Masculine Spirituality and the Bible, and Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos' (1992) The Wild Man's Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality.
Gardiner, 2002; on the mythopoetic notion of initiation, see Howard, 1997).
This paper explores the complex dynamics of meaning and interpretation in small group interaction in the mythopoetic men's movement through a close empirical analysis of the processes of leadership within mythopoetic men's groups.
Nineteen profeminist, 17 men's rights, and 18 mythopoetic activists returned surveys.
Wilson and Mankowski (2000) suggest the use of mythology is more common in mythopoetic men's groups.
Most evident is the mythopoetic movement's use of this Jungian notion that includes Robert Bly's "Wild Man" (1990), Jungian analyst Robert Johnson's (1988) use of the Warrior, and Moore and Gillette's (1990) use of the notion of psychic integration.
He identifies, for example, NOMAS (National Organisation of Men Against Sexism), Social Feminist men, elements within the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, and Multiracial Feminist groupings as constituting the most likely combination of movements to successfully strive for gender justice.
Robert Bly (1990), the mythopoetic writer, discusses the male pursuit of the "golden woman," who is the source of all nurturing and sexual goodness.
For example, the magazine is one of the few men's forums giving "equal time" to anti-sexist and mythopoetic perspectives.
As we read eleven of the essays in the Hagen (1992) text, we also explored some of the mythopoetic themes that both predated and prompted many of these essays.
By and large, public images of the women's and men's movements show only one strand of each--the radical element of the women's movement and the mythopoetic portion of the men's movement.