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