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1/9/1881 - 10/27/1938
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An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays, adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.

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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.

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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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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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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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For the stage displays the first vigorous expression, as the natural thing and without conspicuous restraint, of private individuality.

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

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It is more difficult to keep the attention of hearers than of readers.

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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.

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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.

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