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Lascelles Abercrombie – 13 Quotes

 

13 Quotes by Lascelles Abercrombie

 

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


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


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


Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.

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Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.

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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


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.

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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.

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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