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
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
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
If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it. Lascelles Abercrombie
Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left. Robert Staughton Lynd