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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#Poetry 61
Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 61
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#Poetry 61
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#Beauty 60
Lascelles Abercrombie#Beauty 60
If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it. Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 56
Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 56
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#Poetry 56
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#Poetry 55
Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 55
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#Society 54
Lascelles Abercrombie#Society 54
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#Poetry 53
Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 53
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#Uncategorized 49
Lascelles Abercrombie#Uncategorized 49
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#Poetry 46
Lascelles Abercrombie#Poetry 46
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