"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."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Lascelles Abercrombie on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Lascelles Abercrombie on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Lascelles Abercrombie on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Lascelles Abercrombie on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Lascelles Abercrombie on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life."
"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."