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En réponse à John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>:

>
> Many have felt so.  J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a poem about it
> (http://www.ccil.org/~cowan/mythopoeia.txt); if your boyfriend's English
> is
> up to the task, this excerpt is particularly relevant:
>
> The heart of Man is not compound of lies,
> but draws some wisdom from the only Wise,
> and still recalls Him.  Though now long estranged,
> Man is not wholly lost nor wholly changed.
> Dis-graced he may be, yet is not dethroned,
> and keeps the rags of lordship once he owned, [...]
> Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
> through whom is splintered from a single White
> to many hues, and endlessly combined
> in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
> Though all the crannies of the world we filled
> with elves and goblins, though we dared to build
> Gods and their houses out of dark and light,
> and sowed the seed of dragons, 'twas our right
> (used or misused).  That right has not decayed.
> We make still by the law in which we're made.
>

Strangely enough, my boyfriend is also an artist (mostly painting) and his art
in this case is usually not figurative. Also, if he is not interested in
conlanging, he understands that this is also a kind of art. Only with movies
and books he is so narrow-minded. I cannot understand why...

Christophe.

http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr