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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.


(ˌmɪθəʊˈpiːɪk) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or relating to the composition of myths; productive of myths. Also: mythopoetic or mythopoetical
ˌmythoˈpoeism n
ˌmythoˈpoeist n
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In conclusion, Osundare may be thought in the light of the above explanation to be both a mythopoeist and a mythoclast, at once rooting for and universalizing his autochthonous Yoruba animistic metaphysics and using Western-derived socialist humanism as an alter/native mythicohistorical template to construct an inclusive, pan-human, at times essentialist and ahistorical perspective, but ultimately providing us with a grandly utopian and emancipatory vision.
If Ellwood's claims about the uniqueness of the sixties and Filmer's claims about the uniqueness of fantasy are taken to be the background of L'Engle's situatedness as, in her first capacity, an American woman writer, and, in her second capacity, a pioneering American Christian mythopoeist of the sixties, these two positionings seem to explain both why her work may be seen as inherently theological, and how this theological endeavor fits in with the dominating concerns of the period.
In this brilliant book the American mythopoeist, children's literature author and critic explores four major functions of mythic narratives in the intellectual development of the child.
(40) Benjamin Spencer, "Sherwood Anderson: American Mythopoeist," American Literature 41, no.