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The Mythical Method in Song and Saga, Prose and Verse: Part One

From: Arthuriana
Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2011
pp. 20-38 | 10.1353/art.2011.0000



T.S. Eliot's 'mythical method' is a publishing author's practice of taking an ancient or received story as the organizing principle for a self-standing and contemporary narrative. Joyce's use of Ulysses is an example. Homer's epic had a long history of exegesis, including serving as one of the sources of Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost.