International Journal of Transpersonal Studies




The works by the American mythologist, Joseph Campbell, as well as the poetry of John Keats,

especially his “Ode to a Nightingale,” offer new ways to reimagine our relation to the earth, to

the dead and to language’s continued vitality. Beginning with a brief overview of some of the

major tenets of Campbell’s guiding force of the “monomyth,” which gathers all the various world

mythologies as inflections of one universal story, the essay then moves into a discussion of Keats’

poem in order to reveal the power of poetic utterance in reconfiguring a vital mythology. If there

is to be a renewed mythos, it may come out of a revisioned care of language itself as a transport

vehicle towards the transcendent or invisible realms of being that poetry exposes us to through

its aesthetic and linguistic corridors. The purpose of yoking mythology to poetry is to realign

consciousness along a mytho-poetic axis of insight and understanding.

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