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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."

Lascelles Abercrombie

Born: January 9, 1881

Die: October 27, 1938

Occupation: Poet

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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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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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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.

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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,...

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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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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...

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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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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.

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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.

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