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C.S. Lewis's "the Meteorite" and the Importance of Context (Critical Essay)

Mythlore 2010, Spring-Summer, 28, 3-4

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C.S. LEWIS PUBLISHED "THE METEORITE" IN A JOURNAL IN 1946. It has been reprinted in Lewis's Poems and Collected Poems since his death. It also appeared in one of Lewis's books in 1947. The thesis of this essay can be simply stated: without the context of the 1947 publication, the true meaning of the poem cannot be ascertained. This thesis is bothersome for those who, like this author, were trained in the New Critical approach of the early part of the twentieth century--what is now called a Formalistic approach. But it seems to be true. The evidence will consist of an elaborate Formalistic analysis, with the conclusion to which it brings the reader. And then the context will be given, and a second meaning will be presented. Therefore, the first analysis. "The Meteorite" consists of five quatrains of iambic tetrameter rhyming ABAB. The poem begins:

C.S. Lewis's "the Meteorite" and the Importance of Context (Critical Essay)
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  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Published: 22 March 2010
  • Publisher: Mythopoeic Society
  • Print Length: 17 Pages
  • Language: English
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