When I told my wife what this week's poetry blog would be about, she said it was "a shameless plug for The Silmarillion. I told her that she was absolutely right.
The Silmarillion is, I would argue, the most imaginative work of literature ever created. Whereas most mythologies are created by whole groups of people over the course of generations, Tolkien came along and created an incredible mythology on his own, in one lifetime. The beauty and truth interwoven throughout this book is staggering, and keeps me coming back to it again and again.