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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.

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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.

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Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.

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