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Lascelles Abercrombie Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

If epic poetry is a definite species,
the sagas do not fall within it.
- 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 first epics were intended for recitation;
the literary epic is meant to be read.
- 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.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

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

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

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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.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because
we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene -
but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers.
- William Shatner

Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very
little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.
- Robert Lynd

I love big budgeted, epic rock landscapes.
That's what turns me on.
- Melissa Auf der Maur

And now may the blessing of God rest upon all men.
I have told unto them the Epic of Kings,
and the Epic of Kings is come to a close,
and the tale of their deeds is ended.
- Ferdowsi

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth,
wisdom, is dying out.
- Walter Benjamin

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other
material suitable to the epic form need not therefore
prove its failure as a long lyric poem,
with interrelated sections.
- Hart Crane

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle,
like an epic poem.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

My secret dream is to write an epic poem.
That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.
- Laurie Anderson

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
- Karl Kraus

It is important to tell good stories.
You can tell stories even if they are not huge,
epic, and wonderful.
You can still take the responsibility for being a scribe of your tribe.
- Ajay Naidu

I think our relationship with Epic had run its natural course,
and it happened to coincide with the fulfillment of our contract.
We decided not to resign with them.
- Mike McCready

You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big,
epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what
the hell is going to happen.
- Jerry Pournelle

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings.
It's an important part of epic literature.
- Kevin J. Anderson

He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak
about the world and the torment in the world through man,
rationally and emotionally.
The poet then becomes a danger.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

All the men in my life have been two things:
an epic and an epidemic.
- Ethel Waters

When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet
and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing,
Ulysses isn't interested any longer.
That's very astonishing.
- Raymond Queneau

Any long work in which poetry is persistent,
be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession
of separate poetic experiences governed into a related
whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
- John Drinkwater

At the same time, it's a family story and more of an epic.
I needed the third-person.
I tried to give a sense that Cal, in writing his story,
is perhaps inventing his past as much as recalling it.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy,
with kings, queens, dukes and court politics,
but of course like what I was explaining before,
about making the science make sense,
you have to make the politics make sense,
too.
- Kevin J. Anderson

The epic implications of being human end in more than this:
We start our lives as if they were momentous stories,
with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end,
only to find that they are mostly middles.
- Anatole Broyard

We took Beowulf, the epic poem in Old English,
and put it right together with John Gardner's contemporary retelling.
If you bring it into today, we really feel that it
has something very fresh to say now.
- Julie Taymor

In an age robbed of religious symbols,
going to the shops replaces going to the church.
We have a free choice, but at a price.
We can win experience, but never achieve innocence.
Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world
involve not lance and sword but dry goods.
- Stephen Bayley

My earliest acting memory is making up a play for my
mom and dad called The Lonesome Baby.
I have no idea what The Lonesome Baby was about.
I just remember the title.
But I'm sure it was an epic.
- Jane Horrocks

Your primary presumption that The Bridge was proffered
as an epic has no substantial foundation.
You know quite well that I doubt that our present stage
of cultural development is so ordered yet as to provide
the means or method for such an organic manifestation as that.
- Hart Crane

And for the city's birthday, we will host events in
every neighborhood of the city,
inviting all of our residents to share in the celebration of Boston's great epic -
the story of neighbors who support one another where it matters most.
- Thomas Menino

Second, this epic tale allows the audience to actually
listen to the Native Americans and receive their wisdom.
Spielberg conveys the respect for Native Americans
that is normally lacking in Western films.
- Beau Bridges

The possibilities in sci-fi are wonderful.
The subject is bigger than everything we know.
- Joel Gretsch

I love horror and sci-fi.
- Ivan Reitman

Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

Sci-fi nerds are respectful, honorable.
You can trust them.
- Claudia Christian

Stargate by far is the top of the pile when it comes to Sci-Fi.
The quality is great.
They have really good writers, production design,
lighting, wardrobe.
- Corin Nemec

I'm open to sci-fi, but I was never a diehard fan.
I have no idea why it keeps following me.
I'm extremely lucky, I guess; it's a lucrative venue.
- Yancy Butler

There was concern whether SCI FI would want the show
back with all the recent changes.
But now, the changes have made it feel fresh,
like starting over.
- Michael Shanks

The best thing about Sci-Fi, which is my favorite genre,
is that there are no rules for behavior.
So you can do anything you want.
- Brion James

I'm very proud of Space 1999.
Its success paved the way for other sci-fi shows to follow.
My hope is that the DVD release will help it reach
a new generation of fans.
- Martin Landau

I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed
up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

I wish everyone was a sci-fi geek because then there
would be no violence in the world.
There'd be no wars.
There'd only be people e-mailing each other.
- Claudia Christian

I think that Star Wars revolutionized not only sci-fi movies,
but also the entire industry in the way that things are done.
- Peter Mayhew

As far as the future for the Showtime episodes that have already aired,
we are sold into syndication so we'll be appearing
primarily on the Fox syndicated networks and then eventually the SCI FI Channel.
So, we'll be around for a while.
- Richard Dean Anderson

With BSG, sci-fi is the human experience taken beyond the envelope.
When I first became involved with the project,
I knew that I would be able to play a human being for many years,
exploring and reflecting on issues that would impact people's lives.
- Mary McDonnell

Anyway, in the mid 80's I was spending a fortune buying
old Golden Age books from the late 30's and 40's and
I was making personal appearances at a lot of sci fi
and comic book conventions all around the country here
so that I could find books for my collection.
- Bill Mumy

I want to do a little bit of everything.
I love sci-fi.
I think it's more the characters that draw me towards things.
I like strong women.
I'm very interested in futuristic stuff,
anything.
- Sabrina Lloyd

Everybody wants blockbusters.
I like to see a few pictures now and then that have
to do with people and have relationships,
and that's what I want to do films about.
I don't want to see these sci-fi movies,
and I don't want to do one of those.
I don't understand it.
- James Garner

I learned that you can make a sci-fi film that is satisfying overseas.
European people have everything in check.
I'd make every sci-fi film in Europe.
They only work 14 hours a day.
After that, it's overtime.
- Michelle Rodriguez

So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds
that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level.
We'll create a world for people and then later present
a narrative in that world.
- James Cameron

I haven't really had that many opportunities to play
"lead" so I guess I jumped at the chance.
I have also never done any "sci-fi" projects and thought it might be fun.
- Julie Bowen

That's the thing with sci-fi and action roles.
You have to play the danger as real.
If you don't, you end up with egg on your face.
You have to commit.
You can't think about how stupid it might look without the special effects.
- Victoria Pratt

I like contemporary American literature and I like
biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and
I like writers who write about the human condition
and sci-fi is just something that I happened into.
- Jonathan Frakes

They shaved my head, eyebrows.
This is not a sci-fi picture.
It's not a fantasy picture.
You're dealing with something that's supposed to be in reality.
But we had a genius makeup artist.
- Rick Yune


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