Quotations by Lascelles Abercrombie

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Born: Sunday, January 9, 1881
Died: Thursday, October 27, 1938 (57 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: British


An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays, adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

But the development of human society does not go straight forward; and the epic process will therefore be a recurring process, the series a recurring series - though not in exact repetition.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Society, Development, Repetition, Will)

But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Beauty, Poetry, Difficulty)

By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Art, Society, Poetry, Needs)

Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Life, Poetry, Attitude)

For the stage displays the first vigorous expression, as the natural thing and without conspicuous restraint, of private individuality.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Expression, First, Individuality, Restraint)

If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry)

It is more difficult to keep the attention of hearers than of readers.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Attention)

It seems difficult, sometimes, to believe that there was a time when sentiments now become habitual, sentiments that imply not only the original imperative of conduct, but the original metaphysic of living, were by no means altogether habitual.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Time, Living, Now)

No poet will ever take the written word as a substitute for the spoken word; he knows that it is on the spoken word, and the spoken word only, that his art is founded.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Art, Will, Word)

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry, Work, Creation, Mind, Poets, Production)

That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry, Invention, Needs)

The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals; but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Age, Balance, Individuality, Morals, Nothing, Welfare)

The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Age, Society, Ballads, Nothing, State)

The epic poet collaborates with the spirit of his time in the composition of his work. That is, if he is successful; the time may refuse to work with him, but he may not refuse to work with his time.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Time, Work, Successful, May, Spirit)

The epic poet has behind him a tradition of matter and a tradition of style; and that is what every other poet has behind him too; only, for the epic poet, tradition is rather narrower, rather more strictly compelling.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Style, Tradition)

The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: First, Literary)

The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Age, Poetry, Reason)

The world knows of a vast stock of epic material scattered up and down the nations; sometimes its artistic value is as extraordinary as its archaeological interest, but not always.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Interest, Nations, Value, World)

There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man's general destiny.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Experience, Ability, Destiny, Man, Unity)

Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry)

With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Poetry, Determination, Man)







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