Analysis of We Live By Our Myths

Folk and fairytales.
“Innocent” nursery rhymes.
Biblical tales.
Literature — in general.
All have hidden messages.

All convey some truths.
Displayed, revealed — embellished.
Artfully portrayed.
Fancifully kept alive.
In ancient myths and legends.

These are documents.
And they must all be treasured.
Must be kept alive.
As historical records.
To be preserved with much care.

Poets write of them.
They are a special genre.
Of information.
Philosophers mention them.
They are who — and what we are.

We are all dreamers.
We are all storytellers.
Our lives are mythic.
Some truths known — and some hidden.
Some forever falsified.

We live by our myths.
Ours are “truthful” — others “false.”
We classify things.
We are all classifiers.
Living a life of Tall Tales.

Poetic Form Etheree  (27%)
Metre 1010 1001001 1001 10000100 1110100 10111 0101010 10001 1101 0101010 11100 0111110 11101 1010001 1101111 10111 1101010 1010 0100101 1110111 11110 111100 101110 1110110 101010 111101 10110101 1101 1111 1001111
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 785
Words 158
Sentences 30
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
Lines Amount 30
Letters per line (avg) 20
Words per line (avg) 4
Letters per stanza (avg) 99
Words per stanza (avg) 21

About this poem

Mankind calls itself “Homo Sapiens.” Mankind is a mythical creature ever inventing and re-inventing “reality” in order to make sense of that which remains beyond mankind’s earthly senses. His mythical invention of himself becomes mankind’s own autobiography. We live by our myths.

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Written on May 04, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 04, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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