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Lascelles Abercrombie —
born on January 09, 1881,
died on October 27, 1938
Lascelles Abercrombie was a British poet and literary critic, one of the "Dymock poets"... (wikipedia)
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.
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.
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.
The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read.
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.